Don't Think Twice


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Colby Minifie as Audience Neil
Ben Stiller as Ben Stiller
Gillian Jacobs as Samantha
Lena Dunham as Lena Dunham
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by LJ's Movies 9 / 10

LJ's QR: Light-Hearted Comedy + Relatable Characters

LJ'S QUICK MOVIE REVIEW"Don't Think Twice", directed by Mike Birbiglia, is light-hearted comedy that follows the story of a small, six-member improv group called The Commune. The Commune is essentially a closely knit team, with each member complementing the other.However, when Jack, an ambitious member of The Commune, gets the opportunity to join 'Weekend Live!' (a huge entertainment company), he faces a unique situation. He wants to achieve greater success, but doesn't want to leave his faithful and hardworking team behind.The well-written script is elevated by the great organic performances put forth by Keegan-Michael Key (Jack), Gillian Jacobs, Birbiglia, and the rest of the cast. Every single character has moments of self-doubt, self-discovery, and emotional conflict.Overall, "Don't Think Twice" is definitely a comedy worth watching because it explores the themes of envy, loyalty, and a sense of belonging through dynamic characters we can all relate to.LJ's Grade: B

Reviewed by Movie_Muse_Reviews 9 / 10

Simple, heartfelt comedy that anyone with big dreams will understand

Actors, improvisers, comics or any kind of artist, really, shouldn't miss Mike Birbiglia's "Don't Think Twice." The comic-turned-actor/filmmaker journeys behind the curtain for his second film to put an honest lens on the inherent friction that occurs when artists need each other to succeed but also have their own dreams, egos and pursuits.The film focuses on a modestly successful New York-based improv troupe called the Commune, whose supportive, team-first nature (as per the rules of improv) gets challenged when they learn their venue is closing and one of them has gotten his big break ? a spot on the cast of "Saturday Night Live" equivalent "Weekend Live."In the group are Miles (Birbiglia), who at 36 has managed to make being in a troupe and teaching improv into an unglamorous but stable career; Sam (Gillian Jacobs) and Jack (Keegan-Michael Key), the groups biggest talents who are in a relationship together; Allison (Kate Miccuci), an aspiring graphic novelist; Bill (Chris Gethard), another longtime performer who just wants to prove he's accomplished something; and Lindsay (Tami Sagher), who is unemployed, unmotivated and still lives with her wealthy parents.All these carefully crafted characters "get by" despite their mutual struggles, until Jack gets plucked by "Weekend Live," and the group dynamics get tested in the toughest way possible. There's resentment, group members who hope to use Jack to land a writing job on the show and a lot of grappling with reality and what each of them really wants out of life.Although "Don't Think Twice" is steeped in the world of improv, and Birbiglia thematically asserts early on in the film that the rules of improv ("say yes," "don't think") are echoed off stage as much as on it, his approach to writing and directing is, ironically, much more carefully planned and controlled.You can see a lot of the mechanisms at work in Birbiglia's writing play out on screen. The scenes in the film, on average, are probably a minute long each. Many are 30-second snapshots. So each scene, and in many cases each shot, have a specific objective in the arch of the story. This structure inherently reveals all of Birbiglia's cards, which is a big risk, but the film's premise is so effectively rooted in truth that it works.Critical to this payoff are the performances. When an actor is given so many short scenes with clear objectives, there's not a lot of wiggle room in the performance. You have to take what you're given and bring the additional layers of complexity; you must be a believable person within somewhat rigid confines.Jacobs does this the best, and will undoubtedly get her own big break soon unless she prefers the climate on planet indie. Her character has a somewhat atypical personal journey and Jacobs brings a lot range to it. We also see the full scope of what Key is capable of, namely that he doesn't have to be over-the-top and hilarious as he is on "Key and Peele" to be successful.To be fair, acting isn't the lone ingredient that makes this tight ship of a 92-minute film work as a movie we can all identify with. Birbiglia makes a lot of it happen behind the camera too. Balancing planning and precision with rawness and authenticity is not easy and for the most part, he manages to do it. He's most successful when he counteracts the tight writing composition with more relaxed shot composition. There's mostly hand-held camera work in the film, and a nice touch is how the improvisation scenes are filmed from the stage, not the audience. This keeps things loose and also keeps us closer to the characters, the heart of the movie.Heart is one thing Birbiglia isn't missing, but don't worry ? there's plenty to laugh at too. Lots of Birbiglia's great sneak-attack humor can be found throughout. Yet the comedy isn't the takeaway here so much as the carefully honed theme of how we chase our dreams while wrestling with our realities, something so universal that it would be hard to find someone who doesn't get it. It's such a true message that even when Birbiglia gets heavy-handed, it's hard not to appreciate the nobility of his purpose. ~Steven CThanks for reading! Visit Movie Muse Reviews for more

Reviewed by stansolomon 9 / 10

Wonderfully tender, sensitive, and laugh-out-loud funny

If you're a true movie buff you see a LOT of films, but how often do you see a film where you TRULY CARE about what happens to the characters? Which makes "Don't Think Twice" truly unique.Maybe because the story is set in now-trendy Brooklyn, or maybe because the characters are all young and attractive (esp. "Sam", Gillian Jacobs' character...Ms. Jacobs is absolutely adorable!), or maybe because I admire and respect someone who can create an alternate persona and clever dialogue in the blink of an eye (which is what Improv is all about), but I was totally enthralled by this film as if I were watching people I knew and cared about. Have to admit, the ending left me a little misty-eyed."Don't Think Twice" is a charming story about the kind of seemingly-ordinary people you would pass on the street without knowing that they, once upon a stage, are 'Gods' the ancient Greeks believed actors were.

Reviewed by subxerogravity 9 / 10

An amazing movie, as it gets under your skin.

Well the movie is a hard look at anyone in their thirties who's still trying to follow that dream and it's a struggle, but you just can't give up on it, even though it seems like you don't have what it takes.The focus on Don't Think Twice is on a troop of improv actors, but it can apply literally to anyone.Very harsh relating to something so relateable . Especially for anyone in these situations:The place you're working at is being gentrified making it more expensive to do what you love.Those who were once under your wing are now spreading theirs and seem to be flying higher than you ever did.But you feel you're at the place you belong but no one else seems to get that as they move on to what seems to be better things.Your not that old but everyone around you makes you feel that way because of where society makes you believe you belong at your age.And you need a break, but you just can't find one.If any of this rings a bell than Don't think Twice will be highly enjoyable for you because it's like looking into a Mirror as it Ironically, makes you think more than twice about yourself, and gives you a feel of contempt realizing that you are not alone.I'm not sure the film is for everyone as it's not as funny as I thought it would be considering Keegan-Michael Key is in it. It is a smart comedy, but the thing about this intelligence is that it really does focus on a demographic.There are few things that do go over generally, like all the characters experience with trying to get on Weekend Live (A perfect satire on Saturday Night Live).Plus the improv itself made me giggle too.Don't think Twice is definitely a personal favorite

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