• Wonderful World (2009)

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Release Date: January 8th, 2010

DVD Release Date: March 16th, 2010

R|1 hr 35 min

Plot Summary
With his career as a children's musician essentially dead in the water, Ben Singer (Matthew Broderick) takes a job proofreading for a law firm to pay the rent for an apartment he shares with chess enthusiast and Senegalese immigrant Ibu (Michael K. Williams). When Ibu slips into a diabetic coma, his sister, Khadi (Sanaa Lathan), moves in to care for him, though it's Ben who sees the biggest benefit from Khadi's generosity and kindness as she teaches him how to be a better person.

Cast: Matthew Broderick, Sanaa Lathan, Michael Kenneth Williams, Jodelle Ferland, Philip Baker Hall, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Patrick Carney, Ally Walker

Director: Joshua Goldin

Genres: Drama, Romance

Production Co: Ambush Entertainment

Distributors: Magnolia Pictures

Ratings & Reviews

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  • The screenplay packs no particular surprises - some of the plot mechanics positively creak - but the leads bring some wattage and warmth to very modest indie fare. show more

  • Broderick, for his part, is playing a role solidly in his late-career wheelhouse: a middle-age disappointment, Ferris Bueller gone to seed. So affecting is Broderick in these parts -- at this point, only Philip Seymour Hoffman plays a better schlub. show more

  • Tales of cynical curmudgeons rediscovering their humanity have long been a cinematic staple, but Wonderful World brings a refreshing lack of sentimentality to its take. show more

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