Movie Review: Sleepwalk With Me

Title:  Sleepwalk With Me
Release Date: 18 November 2012
Director: Mike Birbiglia and Seth Barrish
Production Co: Sleepwalkers Anonymous
Country: USA
Language: English
Genre: Comedy
Rating: **1/2

Summary/Review:  Comedian Mike Birbiglia brings the story of his sleepwalking disorder (specifically rapid eye movement behavior disorder) to another medium after sharing the story in stand-up, storytelling, radio, and a book.   The movie depicts a more complex confluence of events as Birbiglia’s semi-autobiographical character (a doppelganger named Matt Pandamiglio) tries to establish a career as a stand-up comedian while dealing with parental disapproval and fear of commitment to his longtime girlfriend.  For a comedy, this is a dreary and depressing movie.  Not that the ennui shouldn’t be depicted but I’d be interested in why this character puts so much on the line to become a comedian when there seems to be no passion or joy in anything.  Lauren Ambrose is great in her role as the long-suffering girlfriend Abby who seems to be the only character able to enjoy herself despite all of that.  Lots of This American Life regulars appear as supporting cast and it’s fun to play match the voice with the face.  This is an okay movie, but if you’ve heard the story on The Moth or This American Life, you need not venture further out.

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