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The Good Night (2007)

The Good Night (2007)



Critic Consensus: That The Good Night is the work of a first-time writer/director is apparent, as the story feels disjointed and never connects with the audience.

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Written and directed by Jake Paltrow, the romantic comedy The Good Night stars Martin Freeman as a onetime pop superstar who has swallowed his pride and now makes a living as a jingle writer. Although he has a steady relationship with a longtime girlfriend (Gwyneth Paltrow), he has become bored with her even though he loves her and dreams often of his idealized perfect woman (Penélope Cruz). One day he meets that dream girl in the flesh, forcing him to confront his feelings for his girlfriend head-on.

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Michael Gambon
as Alan Weigert
Steffan Boje
as Karlheinz
Kate Harper
as Ballet Teacher
Bruno Lastra
as Italian Slickster 1
Martino Lazzeri
as Italian Slickster 2
Jerry Springer
as Gary's Neighbor
Finty Williams
as Studio Assistant
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Critic Reviews for The Good Night

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (13)

Writer-director Jake Paltrow's (yes, brother of Gwennie) debut feature is exquisitely romantic, painful, and riotous; everyone's lonely and going about it wrong.

February 3, 2008 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Skimming through comedy, satire and cautionary tale, it's all somewhat vague - exasperatingly so when suggestive artiness seems to have been intended. Not as clever as it thinks.

January 18, 2008 | Rating: 1/6 | Full Review…

The tone is all over the place.

October 6, 2007 | Rating: c+
Top Critic

The sort of movie you forget even as you're watching it.

October 5, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

As thin and wispy as a dream you can't quite remember in the morning.

October 5, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The comedy of male midlife angst dates back at least to The Seven-Year Itch, when it was sweet and innocent. Each time it is recycled, it gets more sour and joyless.

October 5, 2007 | Rating: 2/5

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Lackluster tale of a man torn between the iddylic dream life or the difficult, if more substantial, life in the real. Altho a nice middling story with okey-dokey dialogue, there's nada here to herald significant interest.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Terrible movie i was open to this movie! it sounded like a nice sweet fantasy movie that might actually be good but this was probably the worse movie ive ever seen. it has so few laughs that if you miss them you'd think there isnt any! the storyline is boring slow and boring with nit very much going on and in the end leaves you confused i wouldnt recommend this movie to anyone!!

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer


Original and intriguing story, about a former popstar, who as a result of hitting a mid-life crisis, develops an obsessive interest in lucid dreaming. An interest which becomes the trigger for a remarkable, surreal and ultimately life-changing journey. Besides a good and well-written storyline, this movie sure managed to squeeze in a lot familiar faces, american and british actors alike. None of them really stood out from the rest, but they all played their roles well, even if the chemistry between some of the actors could have been a bit better. For all its strengths, however, it's not really the sort of film that will have you jump with excitement, nor stay in your memory for very long. It's hard to point out exactly why that is, but it felt like it was missing one or two key ingredients for me to wanna give it a higher rating than I have. In any case, if you're looking for something out of the ordinary or Charlie Kaufman-ish, then you should give this one a go. Because despite falling short of greatness, it still remains a better-than-average dramedy.

Mike S
Mike S

Super Reviewer

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