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The Great New Wonderful (2005)

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The Great New Wonderful weaves five stories against the backdrop of an anxious and uncertain post-9-11 New York City.

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Danny Leiner

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Sam Catlin
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Olympia Dukakis ... Judy Hillerman (segment "Judy's Story")
Jim Gaffigan ... Sandie (segment "Sandie's Story")
Judy Greer ... Allison Burbage (segment "David and Allison's Story")
Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Emme Keeler (segment "Emme's Story")
Tom McCarthy ... Davie Burbage (segment "David and Allison's Story")
Sharat Saxena ... Satish (segment "Avi and Satish's Story")
Naseeruddin Shah ... Avinash aka "Avi" (segment "Avi and Satish's Story")
Tony Shalhoub ... Dr. Trabulous (segment "Sandie's Story")
Stephen Colbert ... Principal Peersall (segment "David and Allison's Story")
Dick Latessa ... Jerry Binder (segment "Judy's Story")
Will Arnett ... Danny Keeler (segment "Emme's Story")
Seth Gilliam ... Clayton (segment "Emme's Story")
Anita Gillette ... Lainie (segment "Judy's Story")
Julie Dretzin ... Julie Driscoll (segment "Emme's Story")
Edie Falco ... Safarah Polsky (segment "Emme's Story")
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Avinash alias Avi and his partner Satish are Manhattan-based Security guards, hired in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York. They have now been assigned to ensure the protection of a visiting Indian General, Ganjee. While Avi is a flirt, and of a cheerful disposition, Satish is quite grouchy, wrestling with personal and family problems. During their time together Avi will confess to Satish of his having sex with another woman and the consequences he must face. Emme Keeler caters to the rich and wealthy by making cakes and desserts, she must face up to facts especially when her closest competitor, Safarah Polsky, is on the verge of suicide; Judy Hillerman lives a routine and mundane life with her husband, Henry, and does feel like throttling him and tossing him over their 10th floor balcony; David and Burbage and his wife, Allison, must now accept that their overweight son, David, does have issues that need to be addressed, that is if they ever find time ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Rebuilding is a process.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hindi

Release Date:

22 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

New York City See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,712, 25 June 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$150,071, 24 September 2006
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Avi says that the Mall of America in Minneapolis is the largest mall in the world. Actually, at the time of the store, CentralWorld Mall in Thailand is larger, opening in 1990. See more »

Quotes

David: [discussing his son] I mean, deep down he's a good kid.
Allison: He's actually a great kid.
Mr. Peersall: No, he's actually a selfish, incorrigible monster with a heart made out of shit and splinters.
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References Guys and Dolls (1955) See more »

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Lightly, politely and subtly dictates post 9/11 NYC
11 September 2006 | by D ASee all my reviews

Decent, if not altogether powerful ensemble dramady is a subtle ode to the struggling inhabitants of NYC one year after 9/11, and is being released onto video five years later for the rest of the country to collectively grieve with. Though the film subtly uses the tragedy as a psychological backdrop to tell of these five eclectic character's personal dilemmas, the writer smartly abstains from any preaching of blatant and exploitive content when exploring this aftermath through his different voices, allowing for each conflict to become it's own theme. While the movie does take some time to build speed, eventually the lighthearted catharsis it was going for does spill forth, no doubt helped in part by the strong supporting cast. This is the perfect film for people who are still convinced they are too traumatized to watch anything clearly depicting September 11th, but by now feel the need to witness some sort of emotional connection, creatively, with that day.


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