If you think stand-up comedians are on all the time, then you’ve never met an improvisational comedian.

A comedy improv group in New York is facing its final shows as they lose their theatre to some much larger corporate makeover. The six comedians (played by a list of brilliant and respected performers: Kate Micucci, Keegan-Michael Key, Chris Gethard, Gillian Jacobs, Tami Sagher and director Mike Birbiglia) aspire to move upward in their career, but stagnate and wallow one of their own gets a coveted spot on the long-running sketch comedy series Weekend Live.

Don’t Think Twice is one of those truly engaging comedy-drama character pieces that so many indie films strive for but don’t quite get. Don’t Think Twice gets it, through successful depth of character, supported by the incredible aforementioned cast (who manage to convincingly act like they’re improvising), to the general woes of aging out of potential success and into certain failure. There’s a lot to read into in Don’t Think Twice. Or it’s just a really great watch.

Recommended for: Comedy troupes looking for a group therapy session.

Paige (Gillian Jacobs) and Sasha (Leighton Meester) are lifelong best friends – the kind of best friends who don’t live together but still see each other every day. Both single and in their late twenties, it was inevitable that one would find a partner and, not necessarily move on, but yeah, move on. Enter Tim, Paige’s new boyfriend, which leaves Sasha in existential crunch time.

Life Partners works, both in that in its execution it carries out its intention with little deviation, as well as it works, hard, to be not just another white millennial late 20s life crisis flick. It is that, yeah, but it adds enough of a unique flare to keep your eyes from rolling back, with a lovable cast of supporting characters and an adorable relationship between Paige and Sasha. The tonal imbalance of the film – intentionally contrasting the tightly wound Paige and easy-going Sasha – being neatly book-ended with two nearly identical scenes is a nice payoff for a film that has a seemingly back-and-forth message. What Life Partner says and does isn’t new, but it’s done pleasingly and uniquely enough.

Recommended for: Best friends looking for a group therapy session.

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