As their theater closes, an improv troupe contemplates what happens next.
Directed by Mike Birbiglia
Starring Mike Birbiglia, Keegan Michael Key, and Gillian Jacobs
Initial Review by Phil Crone
Which is precisely what happens here. When Jack gets signed by “Weekend Live,” chaos ensues. Jack’s plight feels familiar to me by also being a fan of Jay Mohr, and it seems that Birbiglia adapted a lot of stories like his to show how difficult it can be to break through on the big stage. The rest of the group, now seeing the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel, turns to looking out for themselves and descends into jealousy and, ultimately, tosses aside the tenets that made them the cohesive and successful “family” that they were. This is the part that I didn’t realize occurred, and given Birbiglia’s commitment to familiar touchstones in the rest of the movie, I wouldn’t doubt that it does happen.
The movie ends with a reunion of sorts, with Jack having “made it” and everyone else looking like they were content with life. The ending felt a bit too cute and almost obligatory. There wasn’t anything inherently wrong with it, and it was nice to see The Commune continue on in some form. This wasn’t the type of movie that needed a dark ending, but it did feel odd to end the way it did.
While I mentioned several aspects of the movie, the overall narrative just never clicked with me. I enjoyed all the characters and there are going to be a lot of moments I remember, but I found myself not terribly concerned with where the plot was actually going.
I really enjoyed a lot of scenes in “Don’t Think Twice,” and I’m going to remember them for a long time to come. The characters are well-realized and each gets a chance to shine in their own way. Being a fan of improv, it was great to see so many of those things present here. Even though the overall story just wasn’t there for me, “Don’t Think Twice” is a well-done movie that is necessary viewing for anyone who enjoys improv or SNL.