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Sleepwalk With Me Review

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  • 4.0

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    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Much of the best comedy derives from personal pain, and comic turned filmmaker Mike Birbiglia deftly transposes his stand-up routine to the big screen.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal John Anderson

    Sleepwalk With Me makes the subject palatable, funny and maybe even touching.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    With a refreshing lack of fake glamour, the film captures what it's like to be an initially unpromising comedian on the road.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    A dream for fans of offbeat, well-written, subtly acted projects.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    I like this movie. More important, I like Mike Birbiglia in it. Whether he has a future in stand-up I cannot say, but he has a future as a monologist and actor.

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Lauren Ambrose is lovely as the girlfriend he's a fool to lose but seems intent on losing anyhow.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Comedian faces sleep disorders and girlfriend troubles.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Sleepwalk with Me is an independent dramedy co-written by, co-directed by, and starring comedian Mike Birbiglia, based on his one-man show, which is in turn based on events from his life as a chronic sleepwalker. The movie depicts the main character's dreams, which can sometimes be violent -- in one scene, for example, he jumps out a window and cuts his legs on the broken glass (blood is shown). Another dream features a gun. The character kisses two women, his girlfriend in a flashback, and another woman on the road. Sex is implied, but not shown. Language is very light; only one "s--t" is heard coming from a TV set, and "goddamn" is used. There's some social drinking, with characters occasionally getting drunk.

  • Families can talk about why Matt's comedy improves when he begins talking about his life, rather than making up jokes about TV shows. What makes audiences connect with him?
  • Why would Matt agree to have sex with the girl in the bar when he knows how much it would hurt his girlfriend and their relationship?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true1

    Educational value: The main character spends most of the movie avoiding his problems, namely his sleepwalking and his relationship troubles, though in the end, he reaches a point at which he faces them and conquers them. He also learns to improve his comedy by making it personal, rather than simply writing jokes.

  • message true1

    Messages: The main character spends most of the movie avoiding his problems -- namely, his sleepwalking and his relationship troubles -- though in the end, he reaches a point at which he faces and conquers them. He also learns to improve his comedy by making it personal, rather than simply writing jokes.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: The main character seems like a good person, though he does a few questionable things, like cheating on his girlfriend. He requires some drastic intervention and inspiration before he's able to face and overcome his life's challenges. Teens hoping to be comedians will be interested in the way the character improves his act over the course of the movie.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: While sleepwalking, the main character jumps out of a window and cuts his legs on the broken glass; viewers see some blood. There are somewhat violent dream sequences in which a character brandishes a gun, though it isn't fired. Characters sometimes argue as well.

  • sex false2

    Sex: In a flashback, the main character meets his future girlfriend. They kiss and plan for their first sexual experience, though nothing is shown. In the present day, while on the road, a woman flirts with and kisses the main character. He decides to cheat on his girlfriend with this woman. They have sex in his car, though nothing is shown except steamy windows and some movement. The woman is also shown wearing a "Hooters" T-shirt. The main character talks about sex in his act, but nothing very vulgar.

  • language false3

    Language: One "f--k" and one "s--t"; also "goddamn," "damn," "hell," "boobs," and "oh my God."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The main character works as a bartender and makes drinks for others in several scenes. Characters drink wine at family gatherings. Comedians drink beer together after a show. The main character gets drunk before deciding to have sex and cheat on his girlfriend.