The Great New Wonderful (2005)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  22 April 2005 (USA)
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The Great New Wonderful weaves five stories against the backdrop of an anxious and uncertain post-9-11 New York City.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Judy Hillerman (segment "Judy's Story")
Sandie (segment "Sandie's Story")
Allison Burbage (segment "David and Allison's Story")
Emme Keeler (segment "Emme's Story")
Davie Burbage (segment "David and Allison's Story")
Satish (segment "Avi and Satish's Story")
Avinash aka "Avi" (segment "Avi and Satish's Story")
Dr. Trabulous (segment "Sandie's Story")
Principal Peersall (segment "David and Allison's Story")
Dick Latessa ...
Jerry Binder (segment "Judy's Story")
Danny Keeler (segment "Emme's Story")
Clayton (segment "Emme's Story")
Lainie (segment "Judy's Story")
Julie Driscoll (segment "Emme's Story")
Safarah Polsky (segment "Emme's Story")


Avinash alias Avi and his partner Satish are Manhattan-based Security guards, hired in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York. They have now been assigned to ensure the protection of a visiting Indian General, Ganjee. While Avi is a flirt, and of a cheerful disposition, Satish is quite grouchy, wrestling with personal and family problems. During their time together Avi will confess to Satish of his having sex with another woman and the consequences he must face. Emme Keeler caters to the rich and wealthy by making cakes and desserts, she must face up to facts especially when her closest competitor, Safarah Polsky, is on the verge of suicide; Judy Hillerman lives a routine and mundane life with her husband, Henry, and does feel like throttling him and tossing him over their 10th floor balcony; David and Burbage and his wife, Allison, must now accept that their overweight son, David, does have issues that need to be addressed, that is if they ever find time ... Written by rAjOo (

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

22 April 2005 (USA)  »

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$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$39,712 (USA) (23 June 2006)


$150,071 (USA) (22 September 2006)

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1.78 : 1
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WILHELM SCREAM: Heard on TV. See more »


Avi says that the Mall of America in Minneapolis is the largest mall in the world. Actually, at the time of the store, CentralWorld Mall in Thailand is larger, opening in 1990. See more »


[last lines]
Sandie - Dr. Trabulous' patient: I think I'm lost.
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References Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972) See more »

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Touching portrait of post 9/11 New York
25 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I found this film to be a poignant portrayal of the lives of several New Yorkers post 9/11. They lead lives of quiet desperation with a backdrop of the despair that lingers after 9/11. Although the death/destruction in lower Manhattan are never mentioned, the symbols of 9/11 are there as a constant reminder. The film has both funny, and sad moments, however I found the panoramic shots of lower Manhattan sans the WTC to be especially moving. Instead of taking a heavy handed approach, the director skirts the issue and lets the viewer draw his own conclusions. Danny Leiner shows a masterful touch at revealing the emotions deep inside these characters. Who wouldn't thought this is the same guy who brought us Harold & Kumar?

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