The surprise arthouse hit Sleepwalk With Me couldn’t have better indie bona fides. After all, it was produced by no less than This American Life’s Ira Glass, the unofficial Dean of Indie America. That being said, I’m a little bummed about the state of indie America.
I had actually heard comedian Mike Birbiglia—the writer, co-director, and star of Sleepwalk With Me—do his routine on "This American Life." His schtick is that he fears marriage; sees it as the end of the good stuff in life. As he says in his act (and in the movie), he’s never looked at a long-time married couple and said, “I gotta get me some of that.”
Okay, funny to an extent. And honest—I suppose. It’s just that when you see this philosophy in action, especially when his long suffering girlfriend is played by a luminous Lauren Ambrose of Six Feet Under fame—you have to ask yourself, “What’s your defect, dude?”
Birbiglia, essentially playing himself in the film—an aspiring comedian with a sleepwalking disorder—seems to know that his reluctance to commit to vocal instructor Abby after seven years, is a bit baffling.
“I just don’t want my girlfriend to be the best thing about me,” he says...