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

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Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$8,622 (USA) (15 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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The daughter is hiding from him. He is parked outside his old home. When the daughter looks out her window she sees him in the car, with a baseball hat on. Close-ups of him show him as hatless. See more »

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Ibu: Has anyone ever told you that maybe you are a bit too negative Ben?
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Written by Ayub Ogada
Performed by Ayub Ogada
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Remarkable!
23 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a smart, satisfying film, and a triumph for Broderick. We haven't seen such a great anti-establishment hero since The Big Lebowski.

All the characters are brilliantly written by Goldin, and, likewise, brilliantly portrayed by the actors. Matthew Broderick's performance as Ben Singer has an assured and measured nuance -- a really fine role. Michael Williams (Ibu) shows his impressive range with a wonderful character, so distinct from his iconic Omar on The Wire. Sanaa Lathan's Khadi is a strong memorable sensual beauty. Twelve year old Jodelle Ferland as Sandra, Ben's daughter, is a revelation and certainly a comer.

Wonderful World will make you laugh and it will make you cry. You want to go see this flick.


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