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      Wonderful World

      2009, Drama/Romance, 1h 35m

      31 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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      Matthew Broderick gives an appealing performance and director Joshua Goldin's script contains unexpected bursts of honest emotion, but Wonderful World's good intentions can't make up for its lack of originality. Read critic reviews

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      Michael K. Williams as Ibu in "Wonderful World." Matthew Broderick as Ben in "Wonderful World." (L-R) Jodelle Ferland as Sandra and Sanaa Lathan as Khadi in "Wonderful World." Sanaa Lathan as Khadi in "Wonderful World." Philip Baker Hall as The Man in "Wonderful World." (L-R) Matthew Broderick as Ben, Dan Zanes as Sweeny and James Burton as McRory in "Wonderful World." Writer-director Joshua Goldin on the set of "Wonderful World." (L-R) Matthew Broderick as Ben and Michael K. Williams as Ibu in "Wonderful World."

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      With his career as a children's musician essentially dead in the water, Ben Singer (Matthew Broderick) takes a job proofreading for a law firm to pay the rent for an apartment he shares with chess enthusiast and Senegalese immigrant Ibu (Michael K. Williams). When Ibu slips into a diabetic coma, his sister, Khadi (Sanaa Lathan), moves in to care for him, though it's Ben who sees the biggest benefit from Khadi's generosity and kindness as she teaches him how to be a better person.

      • Rating: R (Language|Some Drug Use|Sexual Content)

      • Genre: Drama, Romance

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Joshua Goldin

      • Producer: Miranda Bailey, Matthew Leutwyler, Glenn Williamson

      • Writer: Joshua Goldin

      • Release Date (Theaters):  limited

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      • Box Office (Gross USA): $8.6K

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      • Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

      • Production Co: Ambush Entertainment

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      • Jan 11, 2011

        I really like this movie. I'm not the biggest Matthew Broderick fan, but I thought that he did an exceptional job in this nice little movie. I do wish that Jesse Ferguson had a bigger role, cuz I think he is a crack up. What more could you ask for, though? A movie with heart, that leaves you with a really good feeling.

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      • Aug 08, 2010

        Lots of holes everywhere. I see where this film could have been really good and uplifting, but it fails to really concentrate on much, scattering about and trying to cover too many angles. Good concept, poor execution, but in the end Matthew Broderick still delivers a somewhat endearing character and the end result is a film that is lacking, but not TOO disappointing.

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      • Dec 12, 2009

        CAST: Matthew Broderick, Jodelle Ferland, Michael Kenneth Williams, Sanaa Lathan, Jesse Tyler, Ally Walker, Philip Baker Hall DIRECTED BY: Josh Goldin SUMMARY; Dejected, divorced and jobless, Ben Singer (Matthew Broderick) is not inclined to see his glass as half-full. But when his roommate falls ill and Singer must host the man's Senegalese sister (Sanaa Lathan) in their apartment, his outlook begins to change. MY THOUGHTS: "It wasn't a bad film, just a boring one. It takes way to much time getting where it needs to go. Ben Singer is a man who can't control anything and wants to and only see's the negative in everything. So it's a bit of a downer most of the film. Even his daughter becomes tired of him and his bummer attitude. The acting is there and maybe even the story. But it just didn't do it for me. I'm usually all for these kinds of offbeat movies, but this one was just to drab for my liking I guess."

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