Friday, March 22, 2013

Sleepwalk With Me

Director: Mike Birbiglia, Seth Barrish

Starring: Mike Birbiglia, Lauren Ambrose, James Rebhorn, Carol Kane, Sondra James

This is a funny movie which explores what makes comedians funny and more specifically the origins of their source material. Matt Pandamiglio (Mike Birbiglia) is a funnyman with a serious sleep disorder called Rapid Eye Movement disorder (REM) i.e. he physically acts out his dreams as he sleeps. Living with his girlfriend Abby (Lauren Ambrose) he feels trapped and his frustration compounds by his lack of success as a stand up. Living in fear of hurting Abby during his sleepwalking episodes he starts taking work away from home and begins using his personal dilemmas and fears as comedic source. The act takes off but his sleep disorder soon spins out of control. Matt’s bemused parents Frank (James Rebhorn) and Linda (Carol Kane) watch on as crusty agent Colleen (Sondra James) tries to keep the comedian on track. A good cast which features many of Birbiglia's real-life funny friends.

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