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Mike Birbiglia’s ‘Don’t Think Twice’ Is A Wise Indie Film That Deserves Awards Attention — IndieWire On Demand

Mike Birbiglia's wise meditation on improv comedy speaks honestly to every artist struggling to make a living.

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“Don’t Think Twice”

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Comedian Mike Birbiglia first showed his filmmaking chops with his 2012 debut “Sleepwalk With Me,” which won the Best of NEXT Audience Award at Sundance, but he truly came into his own as a director with this year’s wonderful “Don’t Think Twice.” A favorite at SXSW and Tribeca, the comedy-drama opened to rave reviews over the summer and continues to chart on the list of the highest grossing indies of 2016.

Birbiglia plays an improv comedian along with other favorites like Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Kate Micucci, Tami Sagher and Chris Gethard. Their group is shaken up by a “Saturday Night Live”-style sketch comedy show that could give certain members a next leg up on the road to success, which creates tension among the members and forces each to get self-relfective about their artistry.

READ MORE: Review: Mike Birbiglia’s ‘Don’t Think Twice’ is a Wise Meditation on Improv Comedy

In his A- review out of SXSW, IndieWire Critic Eric Kohn raved, “A delicately wrought ensemble piece with first-rate turns by Gillian Jacobs, Keegan-Michael Key, and Birbiglia himself, ‘Don’t Think Twice’ scrutinizes its playful setting and finds an ideal entry point for exploring creative desperation.”

“Don’t Think Twice” is our VOD indie pick of the week, and it really deserves the attention of both viewers and awards voters for its deeply-felt performances. Want to watch more indie films on VOD? Here are our 6 top picks of the month:

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