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Wonderful World (2009)

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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:
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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 »


Drama | Romance

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

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2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Csodálatos világ  »

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


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

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1.85 : 1
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Makes you laugh, makes you cry, makes you think
4 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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