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Wonderful World (2009)

R | | Drama, Romance | 2009 (USA)
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Ben Singer has his cynical worldview darkened by his roommate Ibu's sudden medical situation, though the arrival of Ibu's sister, Khadi, might remedy both men's ills.


(as Josh Goldin)


(as Josh Goldin)



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Singer
Christy Reese ...
Zacharias Foppe ...
Leon (as Zacharias E. Foppe)
John Hambrick ...


Ben is a failed children's folk singer and less-than-extraordinary weekend dad. Deeply cynical, Ben's sole pleasure in life is derived from chess games with his Senegalese roommate Ibou. When Ibou is suddenly struck ill and an insensitive municipal employee exacerbates the emergency situation, Ben's pessimistic world view seems unequivocally confirmed. But when Ibou's sister Khadi takes his place in their apartment, what starts as an awkward living arrangement becomes something more, and Ben finds that cynicism may be all a matter of perspective. Written by Anonymous

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If the glass is half empty, at least you can't drown. See more »


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some drug use and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Csodálatos világ  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$4,582 (USA) (8 January 2010)


$8,622 (USA) (15 January 2010)

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1.85 : 1
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Joshua Goldin's directorial debut. See more »


When Ben folds Ibou's hands after finding him on his bed, you can see Ibou's left hand twitch slightly before Ben touches it. See more »


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Wonderful movie
4 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of those quiet, well made movies that usually don't make any money. However, it makes you think. It makes you think about your life, what you have to be thankful for and how life's events dictate how you feel about yourself. This is a very well written, clever, idealistic script by Joshua Goldin. He also does a great job in directing it. I hope that this movie gets the opportunity for wide release sometime soon.

Matthew Broderick plays the title role and it's his best role in a very long time, probably since Election. He finally has an opportunity to explore a character and his transformation from pessimist to optimist is quite enjoyable as well as touching to witness. He is surrounded by a great supporting cast, Sanna Lathan, who is a beautiful and strong Sengalese woman he is touched by. Also, Jodelle Ferland, who has such terrific chemistry with Broderick that it's a such a joy to watch their scenes.

I highly recommend this movie.

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