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The Good Night (2007)

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A former pop star who now writes commercial jingles for a living experiences a mid-life crisis.



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Former British pop star Gary Shaller is at a crossroads in his life: his job in New York City is going nowhere, his American wife, Dora, drives him crazy, and he passed his thirtieth birthday four years ago. Add to that his best friend Paul seems to become more successful every time he breathes. Gary is feeling depressed and dejected... until he meets Anna. She's glamorous and smart; she's seductive and witty. Best of all, she's crazy about Gary. Anna is the girl of Gary's dreams...literally. And that's the problem. Gary can only see Anna in his dream life, so he's got to find a way to carry on the most satisfying relationship of his life, in his dreams. His quest for lucid dreaming techniques introduces Gary to some crazy characters who ultimately give him a new perspective on life. Written by Anonymous

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A comedic fantasy. See more »

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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

18 January 2008 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Az álomnő  »


Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,377, 7 October 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$22,165, 4 November 2007
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1.85 : 1
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When they're in the library, Paul (Simon Pegg) says to Gary (Martin Freeman), "What are we doing in the hobbit hole?" Martin Freeman would go on to play Bilbo Baggins in the Hobbit trilogy. See more »


Mel: Sometimes I wish that you could just hit the sack and never wake up. If your favorite song never ended, or your best book never closed, if the emotions mustered from these things would just go on and on, who wouldn't want to stay asleep? The guy who discovers that perpetual dream, he's my man.
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References Gremlins (1984) See more »


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Written by Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James (as Steven Alexander James) & Dave Rowntree
Performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Courtesy of N2K Publishing Ltd.
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Decent movie around a somewhat unsatisfying story.
2 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

I'm still not completely sure what this movie was exactly about. The initial layer suggests a story about an insecure bloke who tries to escape his run aground life through lucid dreaming. Real life and the dream world coincide as he finds out that the woman he is pushing away from his life is actually the one he wants to stay with. People trying to dig beyond this layer have some difficulty. Not because this movie is especially deep but simply because there's not much beyond it period.

Do movies have to be deep or insightful? Of course they don't. But this one to me suggested it may become that. And when it didn't, it left me feel a bit dissatisfied.

With an interesting story nonetheless, solid acting throughout, some great jokes and appealing visuals this movie rises well above the average Hollywood production. What it simply lacks are some really poignant scenes and build up towards the end. But just like the main character Gary who never rises above himself, the movie doesn't either. But maybe that was the whole point.

That said, there's absolutely no harm in bringing this one home for a view.


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