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      The Good Night

      R Released Oct 5, 2007 1h 33m Comedy Drama Romance List
      30% Tomatometer 43 Reviews 33% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings Gary (Martin Freeman), a musician, is trapped in an unhappy relationship with his live-in lover, Dora (Gwyneth Paltrow). He becomes enthralled with a beautiful seductress (Penélope Cruz) who enters his dreams, and tries to control his dream-state so he can spend more and more time with her. When Gary sees his mystery woman's face on a bus billboard, he discovers she is real, and fate brings him an opportunity to meet her. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      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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      Nigel Andrews Financial Times [A] witless whimsy. Feb 4, 2015 Full Review Tom Beer Time Out Rated: 3/5 Nov 16, 2011 Full Review Amy Nicholson I.E. Weekly 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. Rated: A Feb 3, 2008 Full Review Amber Wilkinson Eye for Film Flawed, but with enough interest to suggest Jake Paltrow may be one to keep an eye out for in future. Rated: 3/5 Jun 13, 2008 Full Review David Nusair Reel Film Reviews ...a low-key yet consistently engaging effort... Rated: 3/4 May 12, 2008 Full Review Prairie Miller NewsBlaze This sleepyhead Prince Charming is in for a rude awakening when the choosy, chain smoking Anna, actual female that she is, finds him an annoying loser, and at best undesirable. Au revoir, unconditional love. Someone wake me when it's over. Mar 30, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Red T What was That….This film has a horrifically bad editing problem. First it's about Gary's life, then the dreams, then Paul and then at the end it goes completely off the rails and loses all focus on the last 25 minutes and is an incoherent mess. Then It wasn't clear until about halfway I realized this is TRYING to be a Comedy….I think. This film has a terrible tone problem where I'm not sure if it's trying to be a Psychological Drama or Dark Comedy. Either way the humor never works once and is so confusing. The music isn't good either. It's generic, forgettable but most of all it's not clear what the mood is supposed to reflect most of the time when it's used. The cinematography is well shot half the time but it's weighed down by unmemorable locations, unclear scenes as to what's happening, and the lighting is very lifeless and dull. It's terrible overall because of how unclear scenes are more than anything half the time and what the point is to the story. The acting is the strongest part and that's saying a lot because it's not good. Gary has no charm, no humor even from Simon Pegg even works, Gweneth is terribly unlikeable. Cruz is the just ok and she's the best thing unfortunately. This all leads to horrifically bad pacing, especially in the final act where it goes off the rails. I thought in the middle it was finally starting to tell a cohesive story with Cruz & Freeman meeting in real life but it wasn't clear what the payoff of that was in the end. Skip this. It's mind boggling how incoherent this is. This feels like this should've came out in 1974. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 07/31/23 Full Review Audience Member I could only watch half an hour of this disjointed mess. What possessed so many well-known actors to appear in this rubbish is beyond me! Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Has some interesting ideas, but kinda bungles the execution, especially in the third act, where things are played for pathos that just haven't been developed at all; like, were we supposed to feel sad that he was gonna stop using his dream sex-slave? Or happy that he was trying to win back his horrible wife? However, Paltrow has a nice rhythm to his scenes, even if his pacing overall is bad, and I liked the actors (Cruz is great, especially in the real-life scenes, and Freeman and Pegg made me laugh). Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Audience Member A film with a very interesting concept that unfortunately never fully develops. In some ways intriguing & in others sadly boring. The performances & cinematography make this film enjoyable but unfortunately once the film ends there's no payoff. You're left either wanting something from the film or angry for even expecting more. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member weird and no intriguing film! Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member I actually enjoyed The Good Night, mostly thanks to the strong cast involved and the fact that the subject material is very intriguing. While I wasn't all too impressed with Gwyneth Paltrow, I found Martin Freeman and Penelope Cruz to be utterly fantastic in their respective roles. Despite the repetitiveness of the first half of the film, I still found it quite compelling and the characters relatable in some way, shape, or form; I also actually really liked the slow pacing of the film and especially the events leading to its conclusion - this is where the great soundtrack and Paltrow's filming technique truly flourish (although I have to say one of the scenes in the end made me jump). For a first time director, I thought Jake Paltrow did an exceptional job; sure, The Good Night is nothing groundbreaking, but it offers some interesting insight on dreams as well as a slow moving yet altogether satisfying story. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Gary (Martin Freeman), a musician, is trapped in an unhappy relationship with his live-in lover, Dora (Gwyneth Paltrow). He becomes enthralled with a beautiful seductress (Penélope Cruz) who enters his dreams, and tries to control his dream-state so he can spend more and more time with her. When Gary sees his mystery woman's face on a bus billboard, he discovers she is real, and fate brings him an opportunity to meet her.
      Director
      Jake Paltrow
      Producer
      Donna Gigliotti, Bill Johnson
      Screenwriter
      Jake Paltrow
      Distributor
      Yari Film Group
      Production Co
      Grosvenor Park Productions
      Rating
      R (Some Sexual Content|Language)
      Genre
      Comedy, Drama, Romance
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 5, 2007, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Oct 26, 2010
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $22.2K
      Runtime
      1h 33m
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