Lisa Schwarzbaum
October 03, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Good Night

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
93 minutes
Limited Release Date
10/05/07
performer
Penelope Cruz, Martin Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Danny DeVito
director
Jake Paltrow
distributor
Yari Film Group
author
Jake Paltrow
genre
Comedy, Romance

We gave it an B-

Martin Freeman, from the BBC’s The Office, has just the right semi-stunned mug to play a guy sliding into work-and-love loserdom who finds solace from his undermining girlfriend with a dream woman he encounters in his sleep. The Good Night doesn’t quite comfortably synthesize all the notions writer-director Jake Paltrow wants to play with in his feature debut. But the filmmaker’s got good taste — and luck — in casting. Sister Gwyneth gets therapeutically hard-ass in the dark-haired role of the bad GF, while Penélope Cruz coos and smolders appropriately as the fantasy femme.

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