• The Great New Wonderful (2005)

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Release Date: 2005

DVD Release Date: September 12th, 2006

R|1 hr 27 min

Plot Summary
In the year following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, New Yorkers gradually get back to the normal routine of their lives. A successful pastry chef (Maggie Gyllenhaal) struggles to unseat her longtime rival as "queen of cake." A couple (Tom McCarthy, Judy Greer) try to save their marriage and cope with their troubled son. A therapist (Tony Shalhoub) counsels a man who witnessed a violent incident. Two immigrants (Naseeruddin Shah, Sharat Saxena) observe life in the city.

Cast: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Thomas McCarthy, Judy Greer, Naseeruddin Shah, Sharad Saxena, Tony Shalhoub, Jim Gaffigan, Olympia Dukakis

Director: Danny Leiner

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Sly Dog Films, Serenade Films

Ratings & Reviews

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  • The stories are eye-opening and heartwarming at the same time, but you'll be moved less by empathy for the characters than by the summoning of your own emotional memories. This movie is personal. show more

  • The story lines don't intersect in that schematic, "Crash"-y way, which is refreshing. Less refreshing is the neat-and-tidiness of the individual exchanges in Sam Catlin's script. show more

  • A quieter, less melodramatic piece of work than last year's "Crash," and arguably a better one. show more

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