Goodnight, Joseph Parker (2004)





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The dejected habitu├ęs of a run-down New Jersey bar currently teetering on the brink of bankruptcy receive an encouraging boost of morale when a one-time drinking buddy about to get his big break in show-business returns to find the girl he once left behind as the popular stage drama comes to the screen in a film starring Kim Dickens, Debi Mazar, Nick Chinlund, and Paul Sorvino. A locals-only dive where whiskey flows free and evenings pass in a bitter, alcohol-fueled haze, Charlie's Bar and New Crystal Ballroom is a holding tank for lost souls and forgotten dreams. Despite the dreary nature of the place, however, things suddenly start to look up when one-time local Joey Parker returns to his old watering hole in search of the woman he once left behind. It seems that the celebrated crooner from Manhattan has recently been booked for his first appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and in order for his success to truly be complete Joey is convinced that he must first wed his long lost love. Now, as the dreams of the weary are re-awakened by the same winds that blew in the man determined to take hold of his fate, the regulars at Charlie's are about to find out why some dreamers are better left asleep.
Art House & International , Drama
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Critic Reviews for Goodnight, Joseph Parker

All Critics (2)

You want to be deeply satisfied by great acting, you watch [Debi] Mazar and [Paul] Sorvino.

Full Review… | August 21, 2006
Film Threat

Like another claustrophobic talker The Big Kahuna, Goodnight will appeal to audiences willing to listen and curious about the eclectic cast.

Full Review… | September 30, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Goodnight, Joseph Parker


A screenplay based on Tom Waits songs, it's got a lot of cliche in it when you write this down as prose. They're better lyrics. I assume the writer/director was basically throwing this together as a vehicle to gain experience with great actors. Even if the lead, Nick Chidlund doesn't quite hold up his end. Paul Sorvino and Debi Mazar are both great. The setting is an old-time run down Jersey bar. Our plot includes loves and dreams lost. The cameo by Steven Tyler is better than expected.

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