Don't Think Twice
Directed by Mike Birbiglia
An improv group deals with several crises, including the loss of their lease and one member hitting the big time.
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★★★★ review by Matt Singer on Letterboxd
I really enjoyed this, and not just because I’m the exact same age as the characters and can relate to their crippling anxieties about my (whoops I mean their) inadequacies and failures. It honestly had nothing to do with that.
Not at all.
★★★★½ review by Robby Warren on Letterboxd
Mike Birbiglia directs this brutally honest look into the lives of an improv family that's starting to fall apart. It goes through messages like the fact that great things don't last forever and that not everyone makes it into the big leagues and does a fantastic job doing so, but it's also insanely funny at the same time. It smoothly crosses comedy and hard-hitting, real drama without one overlapping or overwhelming the other. The six leads also share some of the most real chemistry of the year. Pretty much the same thing I said about Joshy, it doesn't feel like you're watching actors act, it feels like you're watching real people going through life, at good and bad times.
The only flaw I have with it is super small and doesn't affect the movie at all whatsoever, but it does have quite a few endings. Other than that though, Don't Think Twice is one of 2016's best and most realistic films. It's funny, deep, authentic, and impeccably entertaining.
★★★★½ review by Jared S. on Letterboxd
Tackles that interesting clash between "underground" and "authentic" comedy as it rubs against "mainstream" and "standard" comedy, represented here by a SNL knock-off, and how every comedian loves to mock that spotlight but given the chance would jump on it. I think Birbiglia does a really good job of making the comedy serve the drama and vice versa, this is a well-written effort that doesn't let any of it's characters off the hook. There's a constant warmth that radiates from the film, despite all the painfully true insights about how success and failure can impact a group friendship. I really liked this, it feels like a truly relevant and informed look at the life of the mid-tier modern comedian. The overarching correlation between the art of improv and these people's lives is unmistakable and effective. At one time a character relays the famous quote describing improvisational comedy; that it's like watching people assemble a plane in mid-air. Birbiglia manages to find drama in quiet moments, sincerity in the insincere and comedy in the supposedly unfunny. I liked this a lot, it felt real and measured, more biting and truthful than perhaps any other comedy of 2016. Not a must-see, but if you have an inkling of interest I'd highly recommend it.
★★★½ review by Kalpit Tandon on Letterboxd
It happened when I was half way in, I stopped laughing at any comic reliefs, completely stopped smirking at the acidic insights and felt a cold wave of sorrow sweeping over me. It was then did I realize how brutally the makers crept close to me with relatable characters and then, sucker punched me with their failures and broken hopes.
Don't Think Twice is a tear damped love letter from life. It's painful to watch, hurts like hell and if you ever had a dream which you failed to achieve, this will be a monstrously low spirited blow to your hearts. Wonderfully written, thematically layered and sharply witty, this could be that under appreciated gem of the year which may silently fly from under your radar.
★★★½ review by brat pitt on Letterboxd
plus a half star because it begins with a vampire weekend joke
minus a half star because i had to see a l*na d*nham cameo 😷
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