Friday, September 9, 2016

"Don't Think Twice" Review by Tim Hellman

'DON'T THINK TWICE': Five Stars (Out of Five)

Critically acclaimed comedy-drama flick, written and directed by Mike Birbiglia. It tells the story of a New York City improv troupe, that's torn apart when one of it's members gets a big TV break. Birbiglia also costars in the movie; with Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Chris Gethard, Kate Micucci and Tami Sagher. The film received almost unanimously positive reviews from critics (99% positive on Rotten Tomatoes), and I absolutely loved it as well!

Jack (Key), Samantha (Jacobs), Miles (Birbiglia), Bill (Gethard), Lindsay (Sagher) and Allison (Micucci) are all comedians living in New York City. They're also the talented members of an improv troupe, that's about to breakup; due to the closing of the local theater they use. Each one of them dreams of getting a job on the popular variety show 'Weekend Live' (which is exactly like 'SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE'). When Jack gets offered a gig on the show, it causes severe jealousy (and much drama) among the entire group.

The movie is extremely funny; the cast are all great in their roles, and they're hilarious as well. They also seem like real people though, with real problems; that's one of the reasons they're so funny. The movie is surprisingly heartfelt as well; it's a real (and very genuine) tearjerker (I was sobbing by the end of it). That's the ingredients for a great (5 star) movie to me; it's really entertaining (throughout), filled with lovable characters, and I cry (multiple times) at the end. It's one of the very best films of the year!

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