Rated: R for language and some drug use. Reviewed by: Jim Release date: July 22, 2016 Released by: The Film Arcade
Writer/director Mike Birbiglia locates a vibrant cinematic vibe with a noticeable dose of pathos (when it comes to friendship, burgeoning celebrity, and personal crossroads) to go along with humor in a spry, tidy Don't Think Twice.
Birbiglia's Miles is part of a Big Apple six-person troupe called Commune which is dealt an ironic twist given how they begin their intimate shows in deteriorated theaters. And, it kind of tests their view of where they're headed in their professional lives. All balanced against the improvisational art form that they excel at, especially Miles. But, he's in a funk of sorts, professionally and personally.
The filmmaker's one-man stage show background serves him well here, especially in enriching his ad-libbing thespians in how to try to survive and advance in a cutthroat business. An individual discord is evident in Keegan Michael-Key's Jack who apparently has a big break on his horizon as a cousin to the 'Not Ready For Primetime Players.' How real-life obfuscates this art form takes hold from the facetiousness meted out in relatable relational angst. Especially in how Jack deals with chum and sharp-sighted Samantha (Gillian Jacobs).
Don't Think Twice may come across in certain sections as derivative and hardly exciting (as during some of the Commune's routines) but Key (Keanu) is given the latitude along with Jacobs, as well as Tami Sagher, Kate Micucci and Chris Gethard to entice curiosity into what makes them tick and where they're headed. Birbiglia conducts it all with insightful acerbic candor that will elicit goodwill among adults who saunter in out of the heat and humidity, noticeably those in league with a business that thrive on the unrehearsed.
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