I know I sound like an ancient buffoon declaring that everything was better years ago, but I've been very displeased by the string recent big budget comedy titles since the turn of the decade. The days of genius writing have been replaced with shock value and vulgarity. Thankfully though, a refreshing new indie dramedy from writer, director and co-star Mike Birbiglia has given me a sense of optimism.
The Commune isn't only a fresh and popular improv comedy group generating laughs in the New York City underground scene, they're a family of diverse and eclectic individuals who are truly greater than the sum of their parts. However, when big wigs from show biz's most notable sketch comedy program arrive at their performance in search of some new talent, a sense of competition overcomes the group and begins tearing them apart.
Don't Think Twice isn't just this year's best comedy entry to date, it's so much more. Through conflicting themes of chasing your dreams verses finding a suitable level of content, we examine these six genuine characters. The laughs interweave their way through a deeper dynamic that effortlessly forms a bond between the characters and audience. To single out any individual performance feels like a disservice to the rest of these fine performers. Rarely does a comedy capture such an authentic and human tone that resonates. Don't Think Twice is a luring tale of the fine line between success and failure and how on you and your perspective can determine which is which. Mike Birbiglia delivers one of the year's finest and most overlooked films. Although you may not have even known the movie existed, but Don't Think Twice is a magnificent and brisk hour and a half of humor and emotion.