don’t think twice

“Don’t Think Twice” takes improv comedy seriously

The new film from the director of "Sleepwalk with Me" is about a comedy troupe challenged when one member makes it big

Haven’t we had enough movies about comedians? Between documentaries like “The Aristocrats” and, well, “Comedian”; semi-autobiographical flicks like “Funny People” and “Obvious Child”; endless series of stand-up specials; and the entire oeuvre of Louis C.K., don’t we all get it? Comedians, despite their quick wit and giggle-inducing talents, are often—if not always—secretly miserable, lonely people. Tears of a clown and all that. For a while it was interesting to get a peek behind that ubiquitous brick-wall backdrop, but recently it’s felt like overkill.

Which is probably why “Don’t Think Twice” comes off as a relative breath of fresh air. By exploring the group dynamics among an improv troupe, and presenting characters who are more than merely the analogues of their on-stage personas, this smartly drawn and deeply felt indie mostly works. Which is just a long way of saying: “Don’t Think Twice”—it’s all right. (Sorry, Dylan fans.)