Sunday, December 23, 2012

Now on Netflix Instant: Sleepwalk With Me (2012)

Sleepwalk With Me (2012) - Directed by Mike Birbiglia, Seth Barrish; Written by Mike Birbiglia, Joe Birbiglia, Ira Glass and Barrish. Starring Mike Birbiglia and Lauren Ambrose.

By Kenny Howell

Mike Birbiglia (Trainwreck) loves to tell a story on stage. His routines are always honest, hilarious portrayals of his everyday life, and Sleepwalk With Me is one of those brought to life for the screen.

Made famous by its airing on WBEZ's This American Life, hosted by Ira Glass, the story is about Birbiglia's battle with REM sleep disorder, which has caused him to do such crazy things in his sleep like jump out the second story window of a LaQuinta Inn. To expand on that, this is also about Birbiglia's rise in stand-up, and him trying to find his comedic voice, while also trying to maintain his relationship with his girlfriend.

The real draw of the movie is Birbiglia himself. If you have seen his stand-up or seen him anywhere, he is a very likable guy. His sincere approach to comedy, which is very self deprecating, really lets his personality shine. It's hard not to pull for the guy because he is just so, well...nice. He just seems like one of your goofy friends, and that helps carry this movie even when he is not making the wisest decisions in his life.

Sleepwalk With Me is currently streaming on Netflix Instant.

Rating: ***1/2

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