Indie-style showbiz light drama scores its points with the performances, as the members of an improv comedy troupe react to the news that one of them is moving up to the Saturday Night Live big-time — here called Weekend Live — while the others are left feeling second-rate. Writer-director Mike Birbiglia, who made Sleepwalk with Me, the difficult-to-watch profile of an inept standup comic, fashions a tighter story this time around, with a better cast, including Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Tami Sagher, Chris Gethard, Kate Micucci, and Birbiglia himself. But the message is pretty much the same: Show business is a cruel game, and only the lucky will survive (92 min.).
Director: Mike Birbiglia
Producer: Ira Glass, Miranda Bailey, Amanda Marshall, Andy Bohn and Jason Beck
Cast: Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Mike Birbiglia, Kate Micucci, Tami Sagher, Chris Gethard, Richard Masur, Sondra James, Richard Kline, Maggie Kemper and Erin Darke