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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.

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Ibu
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Cyril
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Sandra
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Eliza
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Leon (as Zacharias E. Foppe)
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Maxine - Cyril's Daughter
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Doug
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Judge Bissel
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Storyline

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 »

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Drama | Romance

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

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Also Known As:

Csodálatos világ  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,582, 10 January 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,622, 17 January 2010
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At one point in the film, Matthew Broderick and Sanaa Lathan are talking about the impossibility of their relationship. Lathan's character says that they are like a hippo and a lion trying to mate. Broderick asks 'who's the hippo. Broderick voiced Simba in the "Lion King" franchise. See more »

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In the opening scene the actor bringing everyone drinks is drinking from his cup while he holds another cup (for his friend) in the same hand. This would spilled the contents of that cup on his face; if there was anything in it. See more »

Quotes

Ben Singer: Thoughts are things, are you one of those things? Is that why you're in my dreams?
The Man: It's all about expectations: she never told you to back off.
Ben Singer: That's pretty obvious.
The Man: How much of your life is your fault, And how much is the world's. That is your big question. You have no career, you've been fired from your job, your own daughter won't speak to you. Bottom line, you can't even earn a living.
Ben Singer: That's what it's all about for you, isn't it? Money.
The Man: Let's leave money out of the equation, what would ...
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Going Down Fannin Street
Written by Dan Zanes
Performed by Dan Zanes
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Wonderful movie
4 May 2009 | by 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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