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The Great New Wonderful (2005)

A movie directed by Danny Leiner

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A Quick Tip by cyclone_march

  • Oct 21, 2010
It is rife with mistakes. I started listing them when I watched it and then got fed up after about 10 mins. It is also simplistic, written on the level of an average 15 - 16 yo boys.
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review by . September 16, 2006
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Danny Leiner has provided us with a quiet little collection of stories written by first-time writer Sam Catlin in the form of overlapping lives of people one year from the trauma of 9/11. Though billed as a comedy, the 'comedy' comes more from the nuances of reality that has settled into Manhattan and the world since that treacherous event. Yes, there are humorous moments in these collected tales, but there is always a dark side that predominates, largely due to not only to the fine script and directing, …
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A rich portrait of life in New York in the wake of disaster,The Great New Wonderfuloffers a kind of compassion rare in film. Five storylines intertwine--including competitive pastry chefs (Maggie Gyllenhaal,Secretary, and Edie Falco,The Sopranos), an elderly woman (Olympia Dukakis,Moonstruck) realizing she can't stand her lumpish husband, and a middle-class parents (Judy Greer,Arrested Development, and Tom McCarthy,Syriana) coping with their increasingly sociopathic child--all of them thick with brilliantly observed social tension. As a therapist (Tony Shalhoub,Big Night) questions a patient (Jim Gaffigan), it's ambiguous whether he's diagnosing the patient's anger or actually causing it.The Great New Wonderfulmakes compelling drama out of the subtle discords of commonplace life, the kind of frustration and hostility that rises up constantly but has to be tamped back down in order to get through the day--but in the aftermath of a catastrophe like 9/11, the smallest things become unbearable.The Great New Wonderfuldoesn't rise to the scope of Robert Altman's best work (likeNashville), but it successfully avoids the forced pretensions of other ensemble pieces likeMagnolia. Subtlety is too often invoked to excuse a lack of substance, but this movie genuinely makes small nuances tangible and compelling.--Bret Fetzer
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Director: Danny Leiner
Screen Writer: Sam Catlin
DVD Release Date: September 12, 2006
Runtime: 87 minutes
Studio: First Independent
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