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Wonderful World -- A misanthropic divorcée finds love despite all his efforts against it.

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Writer (WGA):
Joshua Goldin (written by)
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If the glass is half empty, at least you can't drown. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Matthew Broderick ... Ben Singer

Sanaa Lathan ... Khadi

Michael Kenneth Williams ... Ibu

Philip Baker Hall ... The Man

Jesse Tyler Ferguson ... Cyril

Jodelle Ferland ... Sandra

Ally Walker ... Eliza
Christy Reese ... Cassie
Zacharias Foppe ... Leon (as Zacharias E. Foppe)

Cristen Barnes ... Suzie

Mia Ford ... Maxine - Cyril's Daughter

Paul T. Taylor ... Doug

James Burton ... McRory

Dan Zanes ... Sweeny
John Hambrick ... Judge Bissel

Drew Waters ... City Lawyer #1

Odessa Sykes Feaster ... Laugh Zone MC (as Odessa Sykes)
Carrey Bowers ... Stand-up Comic
Linda Leonard ... Doctor
David L.J. George ... Male Nurse (as David George)

William Ragsdale ... Buford Parks

David Jensen ... Tow Truck Driver
Michael Showers ... Marty Rowe - Lawyer on TV
Thomas Ike Awagu ... African Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patrick Michael Carney ... Evan Poole (uncredited)
Tammy Eaton ... U.S. Traveler (uncredited)

Ted Ferguson ... Business Man at Courthouse (uncredited)
Rebecca Holloway ... Comedy Club Patron (uncredited)
Rick LaCour ... Ramp Agent (uncredited)

Jimmy Lee Jr. ... Comedy Club Patron (uncredited)
Cindy McBride ... Female Doctor (uncredited)
Eric Kelly McFarland ... Business Executive (uncredited)

Amy McGee-Harrell ... Café Patron (uncredited)

James Paul ... Hospital Patient (uncredited)
Jeannie Perrin ... Bank Employee (uncredited)
Donnie Pierre ... U.S. Traveler (uncredited)
Johnny Rock ... U.S. Traveler (uncredited)

Charity Schubert ... Proofreader (uncredited)
Charles Edward Smith ... Colleague (uncredited)

Bill Stinchcomb ... Businessman (uncredited)

Directed by
Joshua Goldin  (as Josh Goldin)
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Joshua Goldin (written by) (as Josh Goldin)

Produced by
Miranda Bailey .... producer
Joanna Colbert .... associate producer
Iddo Lampton Enochs Jr. .... executive producer (as Lampton Enochs)
Matthew Leutwyler .... producer
Amanda Marshall .... associate producer
Julie Sandor .... co-producer
Glenn Williamson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Craig Richey 
 
Cinematography by
Daniel Shulman (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jeff Canavan  (as Jeff W. Canavan)
 
Casting by
Rich Mento  (as Richard Mento)
 
Production Design by
Kristin Bicksler 
 
Set Decoration by
Katherine Miller 
 
Costume Design by
Liz Staub 
 
Makeup Department
Troy Breeding .... makeup department head
Theresa A. Fleming .... key hair stylist
Melissa Forney .... hair department head
Joe Rivera .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Cyndi Brenner .... unit production manager
Maureen Norton .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Benjamin T. Brammeier .... first assistant director
Tony Niknejadi .... second assistant director
Cali Pomes .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Trinity Bamburg .... set painter
William Bridges .... propmaker
Fran Cox .... art department production assistant
David Dickey .... graphic designer
Michael Hendrick .... lead man (as Michael E. Hendrick)
Buddy Jackson .... general foreman
Jeremy Keifer .... propmaker
Lexy Lebovich .... graphic designer
Cory Parker .... on-set dresser
Jared Pendergrass .... art department coordinator
Marvin Salsberg .... construction coordinator
Joe Walsh .... set dresser
Andrew Wert .... property master (as Andy 'Big Toe' Wert)
Denise D. Zeringue .... assistant props
Ed Burcham .... set dresser (uncredited)
Kevin Gaspard .... graphic designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Alex Altman .... boom operator
Tara Blume .... foley artist
Gary Coppola .... adr mixer (as Gary J. Coppola)
Gary Coppola .... foley editor (as Gary J. Coppola)
Gary Coppola .... foley mixer (as Gary J. Coppola)
Gary Coppola .... re-recording mixer (as Gary J. Coppola)
Gary Coppola .... supervising sound editor (as Gary J. Coppola)
Chris Elam .... re-recording mixer
John Fairlamb .... foley editor (as John Fairlamb II)
John Fairlamb .... foley mixer (as John Fairlamb II)
Destin E. Gautier .... sound utility (as Desin Gautuer)
Frederick Howard .... sound effects editor (as Fred Howard)
Bobby Johanson .... adr mixer
Maciek Malish .... adr editor
Maciek Malish .... dialogue editor
Nancy Parker .... foley artist
Bryan Pennington .... sound consultant: Dolby
Glen Trew .... sound mixer
Jimmy Lifton .... sound facility (uncredited)
Steve Neal .... stage recordist (uncredited)
Benjamin Rauscher .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Jack Lynch .... special effects
Bob Trevino .... special effects foreman (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Eduardo Cisneros .... visual effects and opticals: Cisnema
Hugo Cisneros .... visual effects and opticals: Cisnema
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Bates .... gaffer
Justin Cooley .... loader
Brandon Dauzat .... second assistant camera
Jeffrey Earnhardt .... company grip
Rowland Egerton .... company grip
Chris Ekstrom .... key grip
Eli Everhard .... company electric
Jon Baronn Farmer .... still photographer
Brouke Franklin .... first assistant camera
Frankie Jones .... company grip
Vic Keatley .... company electric (as Vic Keatley IV)
Adam Mitchell .... company electric
Brent Swampy Mullins .... dolly grip (as Brent Mullins)
Randy Tharpe .... best boy grip
Tedd Underwood .... best boy electric
Robert Owen .... lighting technician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Andrei Constantinescu .... extras casting assistant
Jay DeFelice .... extras casting
Ryan Glorioso .... casting director: Shreveport
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Christian Juneau .... extras casting assistant
Joanna Colbert .... casting (uncredited)
John McAlary .... casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Doré Cermak .... costume production assistant (as Dore Cermak)
Andree Fortier .... costume supervisor
Frances Jacques-LeCompte .... seamstress (as Frances LeCompte)
Wendy Talley .... costume production assistant
Susan Thomas .... set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Maureen Doyle .... post-production coordinator: Iluminate - HTV
Kelly Kroells .... post-production coordinator: Iluminate - HTV
Scott Lawson .... colorist: dailies, Ilumivate - HTV
Mark Nowicki .... final colorist: Iluminate - HTV
Nicholas 'Nikko' Tsiotsias .... first assistant editor (as Nikko Tsiotsias)
Joseph Barto .... additional video editor (uncredited)
Gilbert Carreras .... color timer (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Alex Borys .... location manager
Christina DeCharles .... assistant location manager
Matthew Keim .... assistant location manager
Phillip Messinger .... location scout (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Kyle Kenneth Batter .... orchestrator
Michael Becker .... music supervisor
James T. Hill .... music recording engineer (as Jim T. Hill)
Craig Richey .... score producer
Evan Richey .... additional music recordist
Kayla Schmah .... additional orchestrator
Tom Villano .... music editor
Minjee Chung .... music preparation (uncredited)
Dana McCommon .... song recordist (uncredited)
Thanh Tran .... music librarian (uncredited)
Thanh Tran .... music preparation (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Bret Carroll .... driver (as Bret Carol)
Joe Comeaux .... driver (as Joseph Comeaux)
Scott Duncan .... driver: catering
Dwight Lindsey .... driver
Buddy Loflin .... driver
Aaron D. Moore .... driver
Richard Munoz .... driver (as Ric Munoz)
Henry Payne .... driver
Ken Smith .... transportation coordinator
Dan Sumner .... transportation captain (as Daniel W. Sumner)
Charles Whitaker .... driver (as Charles D. Whitaker)
Daniel Woodcock .... driver
James Yeates .... driver
Doug Stewart .... driver: camera car (uncredited)
 
Other crew
David Ackerman .... assistant chef
Mary Bean .... set production assistant
Greg Bernstein .... legal counsel: Los Angeles
Garrett Bjorkman .... second assistant chef
Roy Bogy .... production coordinator (as Roy E. Bogy)
Dave Brown .... production assistant
Jacob Bynum .... set production assistant
J.P. Byrd .... assistant craft service
Mark Campbell .... craft service
Favid Charlton .... legal counsel: Louisiana, Breazeale Sache & Wilson
Luther Cox .... choreographer
Gina M. Crane .... product placement coordinator (as Gina Crane)
Julia Cranston .... post production accountant: R.C. Baral & Company
Brian David Culp .... executive assistant: Ambush
Scott Duncan .... chef
Jonathan Frey .... assistant: Josh Goldin
Chris Goyne .... production assistant
Letitia Hoaas .... studio teacher (as Letitia D. Hoaas)
Hayley Karl .... office manager: Ambush
Susie Keatley .... set medic
Dan Kersting .... production intern
Michael J. Kinney .... assistant production coordinator (as Michael Kinney)
Dennis Loring .... first assistant accountant
James Nimmers .... set production assistant
Greg Peck .... production intern
Robert Pfeffer .... key production accountant (as Lloyd Robert Pfeffer)
Nancy Piraquive .... office production assistant
Alexis Price .... accounting clerk
Virginia Saenz McCarthy .... script supervisor
Joan Scheckel .... workshop development
Brian Schornak .... production executive: Nack Lot
Charity Schubert .... travel coordinator
Margie Smoake .... studio teacher
Susana Torres .... production secretary
Harris Vealer .... production assistant
Tucker Wells .... key set production assistant (as Justin 'Tucker' Wells)
Paul White .... electronic press kit
Daryl Wilsford .... accounting clerk
Paul Belcher .... assistant office coordinator (uncredited)
Laurent Boyé .... publicity team (uncredited)
Kate Warren .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Bruce Arnold .... special thanks (as Bruce Arnold)
Adam Kulakow .... special thanks
Matt Leipzig .... special thanks
Matt Malloy .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for language, some drug use and sexual content
Runtime:
89 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Singapore:M18 | USA:R (certificate #44395)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Joshua Goldin's directorial debut.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
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 you like it to be all about?
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Soundtrack:
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20 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
How very true!, 21 December 2009
Author: torrentstorm from United States

I tend to see the true story and plot, and very well, because you see, it is many people's story. Hey! it is, to a large extent, my story in parts.

Ben is like many of us - a washed-out entertainer who has developed a cynical view or life, and a jaded point of view with many issues. The fact that he loses his job, loses communication with his only daughter, is forced to deliver pizza, does not help the man's character, but embitters it. I can relate to that. Like Ben, I am a thinker, who does not believe in taking things lying down. I would have gone all the way like he did when the city tow truck towed his car just when his dear Senegalese friend Ibou relapsed into diabetic shock and needed to get to a hospital.

But then, when Ibou's sister Khadi came from Senegal to help take care of him, changes sparked in Ben, slowly at first, almost imperceptible, then more and more pronounced. How could you not fall in love with the curvy Khadi, with her beautiful raw African features, her womanly confidence and her vision of "magic"? No pretentiousness here, no overbearing or meddling - quite the contrary. You tend to admire the inner strength of such women, so akin to their culture and ways of life. I once met a woman like that from Nigeria, whose brother worked as an Engineer in the local Shell corp. The way she moved, her similar dress and grooming, made me look twice and say: "Now THAT is a woman!" Sadly, as in Ben's case, yes, such a relationship is fraught with difficulties, chiefly because of the distance between 2 Worlds. She was uncomfortable in our 'civilized' World, and Ben would not be able to adapt well in hers. Besides, he wanted to resurrect his singing career, and Senegal would not have been the right place, maybe. That too was my case with the girl in question.. However, by then Ben understood 2 things - one of them being that he was a good man, a man without racial prejudice, open, simple and unpretentious. Such men are hard to come by these days. The second thing he realized I will not say. I will leave you to view the movie, and come to your own conclusions.

So it's not the stomping, heart-throbbing drama like you see in other movies, but it will keep you interested and thinking all the way, and that, my friends, is basically what a good story is all about. Fine acting, plausible story, so true to real life. Well worth the 10 points!

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