Picks and Pans Review: The Good Night

updated 10/15/2007 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/15/2007 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Martin Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Penélope Cruz | R |



Whatever mean things Paltrow may have done—and I'm not saying she did—to younger brother Jake when they were kids, she has more than paid her debt by appearing in this feeble comedy, which he wrote and directed. Put bluntly, The Good Night is a bad movie, wasting the talents of Paltrow and other swell actors. Paltrow plays the morose girlfriend of Gary (Freeman), a jingle writer obsessed with sleeping because it's in a shut-eye state that he dallies nightly with Anna (Cruz), his literal dream girl. There's so little dramatic drive or real laughs here that taking a good nap during Good will cause you to miss nothing.

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