The Good Night

Released 2007


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Jake Paltrow
The Good Night from Netflix is a 2007 fantasy about a middle-aged man trying to meet the girl of his dreams, literally. Gary Shaller (Martin Freeman) once had fame as a pop star, but now writes jingles for income, and shares a depressing domestic life with his drab girlfriend, Dora (Gwyneth Paltrow). The only highlight in his dreary existence is the appearance of Anna (Pen''lope Cruz), a beautiful brunette, in his dreams. He consults Mel (Danny DeVito), a specialist in lucid dreaming, a technique that allows people to have control over their dreams. Gary begins to focus more of his energy and time into dreaming as it allows him to pursue Anna. Yet, his waking life suffers and his real-life relationship with Dora begins to crumble. When his dream beauty appears in waking life as Melodia (Pen''lope Cruz), Gary may have the chance to take his life in a new direction. First-time writer-director Jake Paltrow creates a surreal dark comedy about the conflict between fantasy and reality.moreless


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Metacritic Score

  • 70

    Variety Justin Chang

    Though its forays into the subconscious may strike more adventurous cinematic palettes as precious and unimaginative, few will be able to resist Martin Freeman's appealing lead tur...

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Jan Stuart

    The Good Night has flashes of bookish wit but never quite recovers from the metronomic monotony of its first half, which ticktocks between scenes of Paltrow braying and Cruz voguing.

  • 40

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    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.

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Romantic Comedy, Love & Romance, Independent