Don’t Think Twice
Popular (but not too popular) New York improv troupe the Commune hears that the theater housing them is getting evicted and they realize that their future is uncertain. Miles (Mike Bribiglia) is an improv teacher who is the ringleader of the group having done improv for years, almost making it on the cast of
Saturday Night Live Weekend Live. Now he lives in a “dorm room” and settles with fucking his twenty-something students. Jack (Keegan-Michael Key) and Samantha (Gillian Jacobs) are the couple who, as luck strikes, each score an audition with Weekend Live. Bill (Chris Gethard) learns his dad has been in a serious motorcycle accident. Allison (Kate Micucci) is a talented cartoonist, but has failed to finish her graphic novel. And Lindsay (Tami Sagher) is carelessly unemployed since her loaded parents ensure her life’s basic necessities (which in NYC isn’t cheap.) What will happen to this group of friends?
Don’t Think Twice is smart, tender look at live in entertainment, especially those who pursue it and aren’t going to make it. The characters are mostly in their mid-thirties and the realization starts to set in that maybe this is their peak in entertainment, and we see how people react to this in different ways. Yes, when we first meet the characters — who are improving-everywhere when they hang out — is a little exhausting, but as their lives unfold with the movie, they become much more real and relatable. The movie also captures the fun and art of improv with a great cast that has a camaraderie onscreen that makes you think they were really in an improv troupe together off screen. Gillian Jacobs is really a standout (despite her character’s tendency to be wearing overalls) and is able to carry the scenes whether its serious or comedic. And while he’s only in a couple of scenes, Gary Richardson also steals some moments as Gary the student. Overall Don’t Think Twice is a definite gem that’s worth checking out, especially for people involved in a creative field.