Bil’s rating (out of 5): B. USA/United Kingdom/Germany, 2007. Good Night Productions, Inferno Distribution, Destination Films, Grosvenor Park Media, MHF Zweite Academy Film, Tempesta Films. Screenplay by Jake Paltrow. Cinematography by Giles Nuttgens. Produced by Donna Gigliotti, Bill Johnson. Music by Alec Puro. Production Design by Eve Stewart. Costume Design by Verity Hawkes. Film Editing by Rick Lawley.
Abysmal attempt at ensemble drama, starring Martin Freeman as a former pop star now writing jingles who is caught between two women: his devotion to his bitter and unlikable girlfriend (Gwyneth Paltrow, director Jake Paltrow’s sister), and the gorgeous model whom he has just met (Penelope Cruz) and can’t stop dreaming about. His best friend seems to get more successful while our hero is spiralling into obscurity, prompting him to live his happiest times in his dreams; at night his visions of Cruz are so lucid that he eventually seeks out a dream therapist (Danny DeVito) to make his nocturnal experiences richer. Eventually he has to do something about his own life, but it won’t matter to the audience one way or the other, as leaden direction and unimpressive characters make for a weak, slim experience that is not for a moment memorable. On top of that, Gwyneth Paltrow seems to be wearing a giant octopus wig on her head that detracts from every scene she’s in.