Good Night

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Product Overview

A dark comedy about an obsessed man who will do anything to make his passion-filled dream life a reality.

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Studio Sony
SKU 206782286
UPC 043396227446
UPC 14 00043396227446
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Affairs
Black Comedy
Love
Pop Stars
Romance
Romantic Comedy
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Jake Paltrow directs his sister Gwyneth in this take on the midlife crisis. Gary (Martin Freeman) was once riding high as the member of a successful pop band. Now, seven years later, the band is no more and he pays the bills by composing mediocre music for commercials. To further add to his unhappiness, his relationship with his girlfriend, Dora (Paltrow), appears to be on its last legs. The only thing Gary looks forward to anymore is sleeping--so that he might have a reoccurring dream about a beautiful mystery woman he calls Anna (Penelope Cruz). He even goes so far as to take dream workshops taught by a scruffy eccentric named Mel (Danny Devito), in the hopes of prolonging his experiences in his subconscious. He soon becomes obsessed with escaping into his dreamworld, and his real life begins to fall apart. Depressed and confused, he finally has a revelatory dream wherein he realizes he needs to make a major change and return to reality. He plots a grand romantic gesture to get his life back on track, but the plan backfires with rather shocking and tragic results.^Martin Freeman gives an endearing performance as the befuddled Gary, and Gwyneth Paltrow is splendidly obnoxious as the nagging, frowning Dora. Viewers should take note, while THE GOOD NIGHT is billed as a romantic comedy, it's definitely not standard fare. It certainly has its share of laughs and feel good moments, but it also has some pretty dark undertones that one doesn't usually find in the rom-com genre.
Reviews
Entertainment Weekly "[A] wistful drama....This feature debut from writer-director Jake Paltrow is assured and appealing..." 04/11/2008 p.63
Directors
Jake Paltrow
Actors
Danny DeVito
Martin Freeman
Gwyneth Paltrow
Simon Pegg
Cast & Crew
Alec Puro - Original Music By
Amber Rose Sealey - Actor
Danny DeVito - Actor
Eve Stewart - Production Designer
Giles Nuttgens - Cinematographer
Gwyneth Paltrow - Actor
Jake Paltrow - Director
Jake Paltrow - Writer
Jim Seibel - Executive Producer
Leon McCarthy - Art Director
Martin Freeman - Actor
Michael Gambon - Actor
Penelope Cruz - Actor
Rick Lawley - Editor
Simon Pegg - Actor
Skye Bennett - Actor
Wolfgang Schamburg - Producer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2007
Catalog ID 22744
UPC 00043396227446
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 100 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Reviews
ReviewSource The Village Voice
Review Director Jake Paltrow's feature debut has all the hallmarks of an earnest young man's feature debut, and while that is not necessarily a bad thing, I can only imagine that it fit Sundance like a fingerless glove when it had its premiere there earlier this year. Paltrow, a veteran TV and film scriptwriter, has chosen the quirky relationship drama as his milieu, and cast older sister Gwyneth as deathly drab Dora, the female half of the film's rapidly staling couple. Martin Freeman, working the last five minutes out of that butter-knife pixie cut and its attendant charms, plays Gary, a failed musician and emotionally absent boyfriend slumming in the jingle racket to make ends meet...It's unclear why either half of this interminable couple ever liked the other, and though Paltrow works up a vivid, sensual zetz for the dream sequences, the murky palette of Gary's waking life gets oppressive in its intentional contrast. Simon Pegg is abidingly repellent as the best friend and ugly face of male narcissism, playing fast and loose with his own life while Gary tiptoes through dreams, but even the nice twist of a fantasy made unexpectedly, then expectation-crushingly real can't uncork the hermetically sealed--if largely inoffensive--fate of this boy-meets-compromise tale.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Michelle Orange
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, French, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Allen,Keith
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
David Edelstein, New York Magazine ...Paltrow's comedy takes familiar male-angst material and turns it into a painful--but fun--string of jokes.
Justin Chang, Variety ...a robust comic core.

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