“You’re not a failure, Bill. You’re in The Commune,” so declares Samantha, the undaunted peacekeeper of a flailing improv group. Don’t Think Twice is predicated on Mike Birbiglia’s firsthand expertise as a member of a comedy troupe just like The Groundlings. He wrote, co-stars in, and nimbly directed this story of a troubled ensemble. But the digital camera retains returning to Gillian Jacobs’ efficiency as Sam, bringing her emotional life into focus in every consecutive scene. Without seeming effortful, she gives the ethical compass for an in depth group of 30-somethings who act like overgrown adolescents. They are dedicated to little moreover their improv mantra — “Yes, and…” — and to having one another’s backs onstage. The downside is that they have but to make it, till considered one of them does. Jack (Keegan-Michael Key) lands an audition and then a job at Weekend Live, a fictional model of SNL, throwing off The Commune’s equilibrium. (Adding to the difficulty, he’s additionally Sam’s boyfriend.) Birbiglia finds refined methods of evaluating Jacobs with Katharine Hepburn and Gena Rowlands, nevertheless it’s Greta Garbo whom she summons to the display because the director movies her profile in a medieval mild, casting her face in thriller. Jacobs initiatives one thing new right here, a distant side with a shadowy half-life. Don’t Think Twice portrays the misery of affection as merely a distraction from Samantha’s companions and their good work collectively — the uncommon achievement of a collective soul.
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