Birbiglia crafts, like he does in his stand up, a poignant film about the inner demons of committed relationships and the simultaneous fear of dying alone, showcasing just the right amount of neurosis without being overbearing. The man has a touch alright, and I look forward for his next projects.
An incredibly immature film with very little going on. I really hated the main character and by the end of the film I hated most of the characters. They all came off as stupid, immature people and while that can sometimes work for a film, it really didn't here. Also it was just unfunny, aside from one or two laughs. This can really be skipped.
I got my brother to watch this. I won a bet we made, and it was my prize to pick a movie. He doesn't like independent movies in general, but he said he liked this one. I knew what Birbiglia was doing in the first part, which was to just be very honest about what it's like to start out. If you were looking for a laugh riot, this is not it. This is real life, and the lessons we learn despite ourselves.
First half is cringe indulcing all I was thinking was to punch Birbiglia in the face. Second half is way better, but still I wanted to punch Birbiglia's face. Some great truths and a couple of jokes that actually work later, it was an ok film.
You can't help but like the guy. Which proves insufficient to carry a film. Points for Carol Kane; demerits for sluggish, stubbornly inert dialogue and a reverence for falling flat that rarely feels anything other than that. Not the new Woody Allen, at least not yet. Beautiful brownstones, though.
I saw Birbiglia live a few weeks ago and based on how much I enjoyed his show I decided to watch his movie. The movie has a lot going for it. Birbiglia directs some visually funny and bizarre scenes. Surprisingly where this film is lacking is both in pacing and scripting. He's mastered this on stage but I don't think he can translate these talents too well to film....
A Fairly flat tale of a sleepwalking, wanna-be comedian in a troubled relationship searching for meaning. It will probably appeal to Birbiglia (This American Life) fans and the 20's crowd but I found it very light-on with only one really emotionally resonant moment. 2.5 stars
It's about standup, but more importantly it's about perspective. Birbiglia's perspective. It has heart and honesty, and I'm all about that shit. And it is funny to me. His style of comedy is funny to me.