Films

Wonderful World

January 8th 2010
  • Drama/Romance,
  • R,
  • 95 min,
  • Magnolia Pictures
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  • Cast: Matthew Broderick, Sanaa Lathan, Michael K. Williams, Jodelle Ferland, Philip Baker Hall, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Patrick Carney, Ally Walker, Zacharias Foppe, Christy Reese, Cristen Barnes, Mia Ford, Paul T. Taylor, James Burton, John Hambrick, Carrey Bowers, Linda Leonard, David L.J. George, William Ragsdale, David Jensen, Michael Showers, Patrick Michael Carney, Cindy McBride, Odessa Sykes, Dan Zanes
  • Director: Joshua Goldin
  • Writer: Joshua Goldin
  • Producers: Miranda Bailey, Matthew Leutwyler, Glenn Williamson
  • Co Producer: Julie Sandor
  • Associate Producers: Joanna Colbert, Amanda Marshall
  • Executive Producer: Lampton Enochs
  • Casting: Richard Mento
  • Costume Design: Liz Staub
  • D.O.P.: Daniel Shulman
  • Editor: Jeff Canavan
  • Makeup: Melissa Forney
  • Music: Craig Richey
  • Production Design: Kristin Bicksler

Storyline

In this sometimes moving dark comedy, Broderick plays Ben-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 worldview 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.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: Shreveport, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Language, some drug use and sexual content
  • Production Budget: $3 million
  • Production Companies: Ambush Entertainment, Back Lot Pictures, Cold Iron Pictures
  • Production Schedule: 19 October 2007 - December 2007

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2010 Guide Analysis: "Opening this past Friday to generally mixed or negative reviews and a miserable $1,146 per screen average in limited release, Magnolia essentially dumped this Louisiana-shot tale of a cynic finding his inner optimist. The script was dismissed as trite and cliched, a kind of lesser version of 2008's Oscar-nominated effort "The Visitor". Performances however were generally good, the cast credited for improving on what little material they had. Will disappear from many's memory by the end of the month"

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