11 September 2012 9:09 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

I look forward to each fall's slate of network comedies with roughly the same relish as I do a dental procedure. There are exceptions — "Modern Family" and "30 Rock," though they've struggled to stay fresh, started strong — but episodic comedy is hard to get right. Which is why I was surprised to find the season's best example of it at the movies. "Sleepwalk With Me," comedian/co-writer/director/star Mike Birbiglia's meandering, terrifically funny story of his struggles with sleep and life on the road between stand-up routines, is episodic in structure, if not in distribution. The narrative arc is loose, rumpled by going in a few too many directions at once. I could tell you that it's a film about his Rem behavior disorder, which causes him to (sometimes dangerously) act out his dreams, or that it's about trying and mostly failing to make it as a comedian, or »

- Matt Brennan

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