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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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Gary, a once successful musician, struggles with his career and an inert relationship with his girlfriend Dora. As his work as a commercial jingle writer spirals into ever more degrading depths, his best friend and former band mate Paul seems to find success at every turn. Gary is depressed and dejected until he meets Anna. She is everything Gary wants sexually, artistically and intellectually--she is the girl of his dreams, literally. But Gary can only be with Anna in sleep which consequently sends him on a quest for more frequent slumber. With the help of a new age guru named Mel, Gary shuns reality for the comfort of his dreams even as the troubles of his waking life increase.

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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 (18)

[A] witless whimsy.

February 4, 2015 | Full Review…

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…

Such a big grey blanket of misery it should have been called "Eternal Cloud Cover".

January 18, 2008

A mish-mash of secondhand ideas, with some real misfires.

January 18, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

What comedy there is fails to ignite and the romance is stillborn since we don't care who sleeps with whom or whether they do it in real life or the dream world.

January 18, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Sadly not the stuff of dreams.

January 18, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Good Night


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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