"SLEEPWALK WITH ME" puts a laudably offbeat new spin on the familiar story of the slacker guy with the commitment problem.
It's adapted from a popular stage play by comedian Mike Birbiglia, a work that describes his matriculation as a standup comic and his disintegrating relationship with his lovely, tolerant girlfriend (Lauren Ambrose).
His career and his relationship are more than casually linked - Birbiglia struggles to find his voice onstage until he starts to make candid jokes about his troubled relationship.
These scenes of self-discovery are very well done, drawn from Birbiglia's experience learning his craft at obscure venues in the Northeast, given authenticity and life-on-the-circuit color by the cameo appearances of other comics. (There is a standout supporting bit here by the woman who plays his elderly agent, who is either a real agent or a very convincing facsimile of the real thing.)