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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Educational ValueThe main character spends most of the movie avoiding his problems, namely his sleepwalking and his relationship troubles, though in the end, he reaches a point at which he faces them and conquers them. He also learns to improve his comedy by making it personal, rather than simply writing jokes.
The main character spends most of the movie avoiding his problems -- namely, his sleepwalking and his relationship troubles -- though in the end, he reaches a point at which he faces and conquers them. He also learns to improve his comedy by making it personal, rather than simply writing jokes.
Positive Role Models
The main character seems like a good person, though he does a few questionable things, like cheating on his girlfriend. He requires some drastic intervention and inspiration before he's able to face and overcome his life's challenges. Teens hoping to be comedians will be interested in the way the character improves his act over the course of the movie.
Violence & Scariness
While sleepwalking, the main character jumps out of a window and cuts his legs on the broken glass; viewers see some blood. There are somewhat violent dream sequences in which a character brandishes a gun, though it isn't fired. Characters sometimes argue as well.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
In a flashback, the main character meets his future girlfriend. They kiss and plan for their first sexual experience, though nothing is shown. In the present day, while on the road, a woman flirts with and kisses the main character. He decides to cheat on his girlfriend with this woman. They have sex in his car, though nothing is shown except steamy windows and some movement. The woman is also shown wearing a "Hooters" T-shirt. The main character talks about sex in his act, but nothing very vulgar.
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One "f--k" and one "s--t"; also "goddamn," "damn," "hell," "boobs," and "oh my God."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The main character works as a bartender and makes drinks for others in several scenes. Characters drink wine at family gatherings. Comedians drink beer together after a show. The main character gets drunk before deciding to have sex and cheat on his girlfriend.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sleepwalk with Me is an independent dramedy co-written by, co-directed by, and starring comedian Mike Birbiglia, based on his one-man show, which is in turn based on events from his life as a chronic sleepwalker. The movie depicts the main character's dreams, which can sometimes be violent -- in one scene, for example, he jumps out a window and cuts his legs on the broken glass (blood is shown). Another dream features a gun. The character kisses two women, his girlfriend in a flashback, and another woman on the road. Sex is implied, but not shown. Language is very light; only one "s--t" is heard coming from a TV set, and "goddamn" is used. There's some social drinking, with characters occasionally getting drunk. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Birbiglia is a likeable, almost cuddly comedian, who -- amazingly -- uses almost no profanity in his act. Co-written with Ira Glass, the host and producer of National Public Radio's "This American Life," and with Birbiglia's brother Joe, SLEEPWALK WITH ME is based on Birbiglia's life, specifically dealing with his sleepwalking problem and his relationship troubles. Birbiglia occasionally narrates the events with a funny viewpoint, but after that, the movie is a sweetly effective drama.
Much of the credit goes to Ambrose, who brings heart and humanity to her role. She makes it seem realistic that this couple could stay together even though Matt is such a sad sack. But it's not until the movie's second half that it really picks up momentum and builds drama; the first half is stuck in a holding pattern, taking too long to establish the characters. But by the time Sleepwalk with Me crosses the finish line, it's difficult not to genuinely like everyone involved.
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