GenreComedy, Drama, Fantasy Running time1h 33m WriterJake Paltrow LanguageEnglish
Release dateJanuary 25, 2007 (2007-01-25) (Sundance Film Festival)
October 5, 2007 (2007-10-05) (United States) Initial DVD releaseNovember 20, 2007 (Hungary) CastPenélope Cruz (Anna/Melodia), Martin Freeman (Gary Shaller), Gwyneth Paltrow (Dora Shaller), Simon Pegg (Paul), Danny DeVito (Mel), Sonia Doubell (Shawna) Similar moviesInside Out, Jamon Jamon, The Science of Sleep, Rise of the Guardians, In the Cold of the Night, The Ballet Master's Dream
TaglineDreaming is believing.
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 (Penelope 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 womans face on a bus billboard, he discovers she is real, and fate brings him an opportunity to meet her.
The Good Night is a 2007 romantic comedy film written and directed by Jake Paltrow. The film stars his sister Gwyneth Paltrow, Penelope Cruz, Martin Freeman, Danny DeVito, Simon Pegg and others. The movie takes place in London and New York, where a former pop star (Freeman) who now writes commercial jingles for a living experiences a mid-life crisis.
The movie was released on the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.
Gary, a musician, is trapped in an unhappy relationship with his live-in lover, Dora. He becomes enthralled with a beautiful seductress 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.
The movie follows a mans search for perfection in a world where life rarely measures up to the idealized images that constantly bombard us. Freeman plays Gary Shaller, who gained commercial success in previous years as the keyboard player in the fictional band "On The One". He is in a failing marriage with Dora (Gwyneth Paltrow), and working for his former band mate Paul, played by Simon Pegg, writing and recording commercial jingles. Gary eventually discovers that he is having lucid dreams about a glamorous woman named Anna, played by Penelope Cruz, with whom he is deeply infatuated. He aims to learn more about lucid dreaming by buying books and even attending classes taught by an eccentric lucid-dreaming enthusiast, Mel (Danny DeVito). Gary eventually discovers that the girl he dreams about does, in fact, exist. Paul arranges for Gary to meet her, but this proves disappointing, as she fails to live up to the expectations that Gary has built up in his dreams of her. He eventually continues to dream about her, and even soundproofs his apartment, and makes other efforts to be able to sleep longer, so that he can remain with Anna for longer periods of time. Eventually, feeling as though he is betraying Dora, he attempts to go back to her.
Penelope Cruz appears in The Good Night and The Man with Rain in His Shoes. Love Me If You Dare (2003). Penelope Cruz appears in The Good Night and Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Music from Another Room (1998). The Brothers (2001).
The production filmed at Capel Manor Guest Pavilion in Kent to shoot the scenes at the house in Garys dreams where he meets Anna.