The Good Night

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Director(s): Jake Paltrow
Production: Yari Film Group
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min

Well, it was an interesting time

in the early '90s, I guess.

I mean, if you mention that time,

I think of a pub called The Good Mixer,

which was kind of where all the bands went

and got drunk together.

It started there.

It was a feeling of something happening.

And then that kind of expanded

until it seemed like the whole country

had become that pub.

That's kind of what happened.

I first met Gary, I suppose, at that point

where his group seemed

to be doing something.

They did a tour.

On The One did a tour

and we were the support band,

and it was kind of...

I liked him.

He was the only one in the group

I did like, actually.

There was another bloke called Paul,

who was absolutely the biggest

pain in the ass I had ever met.

Who made the band a success?

I think Gary would disagree, but it was...

You know, it was me.

I was the driving force behind the band.

You know, while Gary would be sitting

whistling in the corner,

thinking of riffs and stuff,

I'd be powering us forward as a unit

and basically being creative

and a manager at the same time.

I sensed that he felt very trapped.

And he wanted to get out

and experience the world and life.

So we broke up.


Yeah, it wasn't very long after that

that he met Dora.

He started going out with this girl

called Dora that I used to go out with,

and after wanting to kind of

really dislike this person

and even maybe thinking I might, you know,

hit him for going out with my ex-girlfriend,

we ended up getting on really well,

and I, you know, ended up really liking him.

I see Gary all the time.

You know, I see him...

I see him... I do, I see him a lot, but...

You know, I miss who he was, you know,

I miss... I miss that.

But I never thought

this is how he'd get famous, you know.

Well, I spoke to him a while ago

when he moved to New York

to be with Dora, I think.

And he rang me

and just asked me a question,

"Do you know where John Lennon lived?"

And I said, "No."

He knew where he lived. It was...

It was his way of telling me

that he'd gone for good.

Can you turn the heat up?

I'm sweating.

- Love you.

- I love you, too.

Okay, this is Mega-Life, "Back to School,"

30 seconds, version one.

Hey, is everything okay?

You've got to cut out

this artistic crap, okay?

You're weirding out the clients.

So, what do you mean?

- Can he hear me?

- No.

Norman said Mega-Life

played you an acoustic piece

so you could do a sound-alike,

and you gave them a f***ing flute solo

and some slap bass.

I went with my instinct.

And it wasn't slap bass.

- Well...

- I wanted it to be original and great...

But they don't want "great," okay?

That's why they come to us,

that's why they come to me, okay?

Because they know they're going to get,

you know, "fine."

Yeah, but it has to be good.

Bad is good, okay?

And don't use words

like "Gershwin" and "Sondheim"

because that scares the sh*t out of them.

They don't know what that means.

They think you're making fun of them.

Okay? They want a Cheers sound-alike.

- Cheers?

- Yeah.

- The TV show?

- Yeah.

Don't, please don't do that. Don't.

This is going to be like

the second album again, I can feel it.

I don't... Do you know...

Seriously, I don't want

any of your self-sabotaging bullshit, okay?

Just, please, make it bad.

- Okay.

- Yeah.

- Okay, I'll make it bad.

- Good.

I'll see you at dinner, okay?

Paul Bernard.

- Hey.

- Sorry we're late.

That's fine. How are you?

- How are you?

- Good.

Nice to see you.


I just wanted to tell you I'm sorry

about Sophie and that ashram.

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Jake Paltrow

Jacob Danner Paltrow (born September 26, 1975) is an American film director, screenwriter and actor. Coming from a family of actors, he is the younger brother of Gwyneth Paltrow and the son of Bruce Paltrow and Blythe Danner. more…

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