by Renee’ Collins

Rating: 3 (Out of 5 Reels)

I was lucky enough to see this film at the lovely Violet Crown cinema, only my second visit, which I now love because they have huge comfortable recliners with foot rests in the front row; wonderful because it is like you are at home.  I find most films in which a character address the camera directly as somewhat strange but in most cases it works.  I think it does work here but the problem is that I didn’t like the main character, Matt Pandamiglio (Mike Birbiglia) because of his apathy towards life and the way he treats his girlfriend, Abby (Lauren Abrose), annoying.  Matt, a burgeoning stand-up comedian struggles with the stress of a stalled career, a stale relationship, and a severe sleepwalking disorder which he is trying to ignore.

I completely understand that some people just don’t know what to do with their lives and certain situations in them.  Don’t get me wrong, I am no saint either but I guess seeing it on the big screen hit me in a bad way.  The acting is obviously well done because it caused such a reaction in me both Abrose and Birbiglia are convincing to a fault.  This film makes the viewer wonder what they are doing in their lives and if they should be going in another direction completely.  The problem is, as in many things in life, people must figure it out themselves and decided what action to take or not take and learn to live with those decisions.

I guess if a film makes the viewer question themselves that could be a good thing.  Good or bad, I wasn’t expecting this film to be so cerebral and make me question my own choices in life.

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