A miserable person with narcolepsy and a gorgeous drama queen find love in Jason Winer’s excessively contrived romantic comedy, reviews The New York Times.

A pretzel of contrivance, “Ode to Joy” belongs to the subgenre of romantic comedies — let’s call them sick-coms — in which one or both partners suffer from a life-threatening disease. Its hero, Charlie (Martin Freeman), has a form of narcolepsy that makes him conk out whenever he experiences pleasure.

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