SLEEPWALK WITH ME
Trials Bring Transformation
Release Date: August 24, 2012
Starring: Mike Birbiglia, Lauren
Ambrose, Carol Kane, James
Rebhorn, Cristin Milioti
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 81 minutes
Distributor: IFC Films
Director: Mike Birbiglia, Seth Barrish
Executive Producer: None
Producer: Ira Glass, Jacob Jaffke
Writer: Mike Birbiglia, Seth Barrish,
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(Pa, Ro, FR, C, B, Cap, LL, V, S, N, AA, M) Light mixed pagan worldview with Romantic, antinomian elements combined with Christian, moral elements in a Catholic context, plus some capitalist content about using your talents to make a living and become a success; 16 obscenities and profanities; no violence but scary nightmares and sleepwalking incidents put people in danger; no depicted sex but implied cheating on girlfriend, cohabitation with girlfriend includes scenes of talking or sleeping together in bed, and a couple crude references such as crude seduction offer made but declined during one incident; upper male nudity; alcohol use and a reference to being drunk one time; no smoking or drugs; and, man hides his live-in relationship with first major girlfriend from his Catholic parents but he eventually gets married to another woman.
SLEEPWALK WITH ME is a semi-autobiographical comedy-drama about a young standup comic trying to cope with a sleepwalking disorder. Despite its low budget, SLEEPWALK WITH ME is expertly made, with appealing performances and some moving, uplifting moments, but it’s mixed with some Romantic elements, foul language, and references to Catholic faith.
The movie follows the story of Matt, a young standup comic. It shows Matt’s first forays into traveling the comedy club circuit and the impact they have on his maturity and relationships. He starts going out with a girl named Abby, after he invites her to attend Catholic mass with him. Later, he and Abby live together, but Matt keeps making excuses not to marry, despite his Catholic faith.
Matt comes to realize he has a potentially deadly sleepwalking condition. He tries to find a workable solution to keep his life going as he seeks success and happiness.
SLEEPWALK WITH ME shows the creative strains and rewards of being a young comedian. It has a perfectly paced, absorbing amiability that enables the audience to feel the ups and downs right along with the protagonist.
SLEEPWALK WITH ME is expertly played by its cast. It’s especially impressive due to the fact that it marks the feature filmmaking debut of Birbiglia, one of the most popular young comics in America. In keeping with the real-life comic’s high standards of cleanliness, the immoral behavior is implied rather than graphically shown. He also maintains a relatively clean vocabulary onstage and for the vast majority of the offstage scenes. This is a rarity among standup comics, most of whom are often very profane.
All in all, despite some foul language and sexual immorality, SLEEPWALK WITH ME is a very likable movie about a relatively decent guy contending with a uniquely difficult situation. It has a positive portrayal of family support. Even better, it depicts the protagonist and his family as practicing Catholics. Finally, it provides large doses of the simple joy of watching a hardworking guy’s efforts seeking success and happiness pay off.
SLEEPWALK WITH ME is intelligently witty and often moving fare, although caution is advised for media wise moviegoers.
SLEEPWALK WITH ME is a low budget but expertly made, moving comedy-drama. It’s a semi-autobiographical story of a standup comic with a sleepwalking disorder. The movie follows Matt, a young standup comic. It shows Matt’s first forays into traveling the comedy club circuit and the impact they have on his maturity and relationships. Though a Catholic believer, Matt lives with his girlfriend and makes excuses about not getting married. Then, Matt realizes he has a potentially deadly sleepwalking condition. He tries to craft a workable solution to keep his life going as he seeks success and happiness.
SLEEPWALK WITH ME shows the creative strains and rewards of being a young comedian. It has a perfectly paced, absorbing amiable quality. This enables the audience to feel the ups and downs right along with the protagonist. However, the worldview is mixed with some Romantic elements and other negative content, combined with some Christian, moral content. SLEEPWALK WITH ME is intelligently witty and often moving fare, although caution is advised for media wise moviegoers.