The story follows a married couple, apart for a night while the husband takes a business trip with a colleague to whom he's attracted. While he's resisting temptation, his wife encounters her past love.
A married woman realizes how unhappy her marriage really is, and that her life needs to go in a different direction. After a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey to "find herself".
A widower whose book about coping with loss turns him into a best-selling self-help guru, falls for the hotel florist where his seminar is given, only to learn that he hasn't yet truly confronted his wife's passing.
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
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 »
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 »
[His car's out of gas]
What kind of neighborhood doesn't have a gas station?
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A quietly profound and touching story with plenty of humor along the way, "Wonderful World" is a rare gem in today's movie marketplace. First time director Josh Goldin delivers a strong message about what's wrong with our world -- and about what's right with it as well. I found the struggles of Broderick's (initially) cynical character very raw and challenging but also believable and sympathetic. Broderick himself brings a sensitivity, depth and intensity to this role that, for me, goes beyond anything he's done before except maybe just maybe "Election." His journey through this wonderful world leaves us with a lot to think about and is a credit to all involved in bringing this memorable film to life.
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