Scott Marks noon, Sept. 30
Sleepwalk with Me
It took four screenwriters and two directors to extrude this inflated load. Matt (Mike Birbiglia) is a bartender in a comedy club who doubles as a frustrated, painfully unfunny stand-up. Even his girlfriend (Lauren Ambrose) and her chums can't resist talking over Matt's set. A sudden bout with RBD (REM Behavior Disorder) stimulates Matt into acting out his dreams. Ambrose freshens every frame, and as Matt's parents, James Rebhorn and Carol Kane remind us what it means to act. Playing a somnambulistic monologist who spends much of his time self-consciously addressing the audience, it's to his credit that co-writer/co-director/star Birbiglia never once bumps into the camera. Even more burdensome than the wall-to-wall exposition is nerdy Birbiglia's non-stop parade of infantile fixations. As visual storytellers, Birbiglia and his This American Life cronies have found a perfect niche in radio. A little bit of our hero's self-absorption goes a long way — the fortune-cookie insights delivered with a hesitant whine (and untucked shirt) get old after 10 minutes. Sleepwalk with Me eventually chokes on its own fluff before ambling off a cliff. Seth Barrish receives co-director credit. With Kristen Schaal and Jesse Klein. 2012.