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Good Grief: release date, cast, plot, trailer and everything you need to know

 Good Grief on Netflix is an emotional movie about love and loss.
Good Grief on Netflix is an emotional movie about love and loss.

Good Grief on Netflix is a heart-warming tale of love, loss and friendship, starring Daniel Levy, Luke Evans, Ruth Negga, Himesh Patel and Celia Imrie.

The movie is written and directed by Schitt’s Creek star and co-creator Daniel Levy, who also stars in the film as Marc, a man whose world comes crashing down when his husband dies unexpectedly. A year after his loss, and still floored by grief, Marc takes a soul-searching trip to Paris with his best friends Sophie (Ruth Negga) and Thomas (Himesh Patel) which leaves them all facing some cold, hard truths.

“I feel like the older we get, the more profound our relationships are with our friends and the more complicated they get,” says Daniel. “Sometimes the people that are closest to us, we excuse the most in terms of having those hard conversations about life and bad habits and patterns of behaviour that could be slightly course corrected. It's an uncomfortable conversation to have, and yet that intimacy exists within these friendships.”

Here's everything you need to about Good Grief on Netflix...

Good Grief release date

Good Grief will premiere worldwide on Netflix from Friday January 5 2024. It has already been shown in some select cinemas since Friday December 29 2023.

Is there a trailer for Good Grief?

Yes, but be warned, Good Grief is a bit of a weepy. We see Marc struggling with his grief and his friends fighting to make him see that life is still worth living. Take a look below...

Good Grief plot

Good Grief shows what happens to Marc (Daniel Levy) is a former artist turned children’s book illustrator who is happily married to the gregarious, charismatic and hugely successful Oliver (Luke Evans). Then, Oliver dies suddenly and Marc is steamrolled by his grief. A year later, he and his friends Sophie (Ruth Negga), who is always the life-and-soul-of-the-party, and the more introverted Thomas (Himesh Patel) travel to Paris where they must all face some hard truths and where Marc must decide if he can move on with his life.

Can Marc move on after his loss in Good Grief?
Can Marc move on after his loss in Good Grief?

Good Grief cast — Daniel Levy as Marc

Daniel Levy plays widower Marc in Good Grief. 

“It’s a drama with some comedy, as opposed to a comedy with some drama,” Daniel recently told Attitude. "There are moments of rom-com magic, and road trip and buddy comedy, but ultimately, there is a balanced seriousness to Good Grief. (The title – ‘good’ and ‘grief’ – is telling.) This is me allowing myself the freedom to tell a story that means something to me, and not be scared of people’s expectations."

Marc a departure from the character of David Rose from his hit Netflix series Schitt’s Creek he explains. “When you play a character for 80 episodes of TV, it’s easy to slip into behavioural instincts,” he says. “I had to shake David off at the door and put on a completely different character when I walked into this movie. Marc’s way more still, less reactionary, far more inwardly sensitive.”

* Dan Levy also co-created the hit Netflix series Schitt's Creek with his father Eugene, starring  in the show as David Rose. He also played university tutor Thomas Molloy in Sex Education and has had roles in Haunted Mansion, The Idol, Happiest Season and Modern Family.

Dan Levy as grief-stricken Marc.
Dan Levy as grief-stricken Marc.

Ruth Negga as Sophie

Ruth Negga plays Marc’s upbeat friend Sophie. She’s previously starred in MIsfits, Passing, Loving, Preacher, Love/Hate, Iona, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Five Daughters.

Ruth Negga as Sophie in Good Grief.
Ruth Negga as Sophie in Good Grief.

Himesh Patel as Thomas

Himesh Patel is playing Marc’s more reserved friend Thomas. Himesh started his career as Tamwar Masood in EastEnders. He’s since starred in hit films Don’t Look Up, Enola Holmes 2 and Yesterday as well as the series The Luminaries, Station Eleven, Black Mirror and Avenue 5.

Himesh Patel is Thomas (on right).
Himesh Patel is Thomas (on right).

Who else is starring in Good Grief?

Luke Evans (The Pembrokeshire Murders) plays Marc’s husband Oliver who passes away. Celia Imrie is his lawyer Imelda and Arnaud Valois is Theo, a man Marc meets in Paris. My Policeman and The Crown star Emma Corrin, Yoli Fuller, Mehdi Baki and Kaitlyn Dever also appear in the movie.

Harry Styles and Emma Corrin as Tom and Marion.
Harry Styles and Emma Corrin as Tom and Marion.

Behind the scenes and more on Good Grief...

Good Grief is written, produced and directed by Daniel Levy, who also stars (see above). Megan Zehmer, Debra Hayward and Kate Fenske are also co-producers, while Stacey Snider and Caroline Levy are executive producers.

Good Grief will get you emotional!
Good Grief will get you emotional!