Don't Think Twice



Coolidge Corner Theatre Tue, May 3, 2016 9:45 PM
Film Info
Runtime:90 minutes
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Mike Birbiglia


For 11 years, an improv group called The Commune has reigned as the big fish in the small pond of New York improv theater. Its six members invent comedy without a script and without a net. They’re ingenious, they’re fast, and they build on each other’s ideas like they are all best friends—because they are. Night after night, this team kills onstage and waits for their big break. Day after day, they work menial jobs to support themselves. Then comes the news that The Commune’s theater is shutting down, and scouts from a hit TV show come to a performance, looking for talent. Only two cast members get the nod, upsetting the group’s dynamic and leaving its future in doubt. Relationships begin to crack as six best friends face the truth: not all of them will make it big, and for some, it may be time to give up on the dream and move on.

Funny, insightful and honest, DON’T THINK TWICE looks at a common experience that is an uncommon subject for a film: failure. As he did in his acclaimed debut about a stand-up comedian, SLEEPWALK WITH ME (IFFBoston 2012 Opening Night Film), writer/director/actor Mike Birbiglia culls universal human experiences from the lives of professionally funny people. With a top-flight ensemble of comic actors—including Birbiglia, Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Kate Micucci, Chris Gethard, and Tami Sagher—DON’T THINK TWICE tells a nuanced story of friendship, aspiration, and the pain and promise of change.