Don’t Think Twice (2016) – 4/5

Don’t Think Twice gives us a personal glimpse at the wonderful but heartbreaking truth many comedians have to face on a day to day basis. Director and screenwriter Mike Birbiglia delivers an original story that feels sincere, along with a charming cast that captures the audience from beginning to end.

The film may not be a laugh-out-loud comedy for the whole hour and a half, but it has something many comedies lack: a meaningful story. Whether you are an improv comedian or a person with a regular job, you will feel some familiarity with the cast. It is hard not to identify with that desperation of reaching one’s final goals and the empty feeling when you realize it is not what it seemed. Or that inevitable competition and jealousy when someone else reaches the top without you. The whole cast changes and matures in the most natural way and they are fantastic. Gillian Jacobs and Keegan-Michael Key are superb and show off their great and hilarious chemistry.

The fact that one day you will get your big break and have a stable income in exchange of sacrificing what you believe in is heartbreaking. Don’t Think Twice portrays this reality for many comedians and the relationships that can be ruined because of this. Yet, is not depressing at all. There is humor, camaraderie, and a beautiful connection between people. After some solid laughs, low-key comedy and a bittersweet conclusion, you will not be disappointed.

Learn more about the film here: Rotten Tomatoes

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