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The Great New Wonderful (2006)

The Great New Wonderful

Overview


Genre

Comedy, Drama

Release Date

June 23, 2006 (NY)

MPAA Rating

R

Production Budget

$0.5 millions

Studio

First Independent Pictures

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  2 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Danny Leiner

Producer

Danny Leiner, Matt Tauber, Leslie Urdang

Screenwriter

Sam Catlin

Starring

Story


"Shock can be a tricky thing. Sometimes our emotional response to horrific events can be hidden from us at first, only to appear after some time has passed."

"The Great New Wonderful" is populated by people you know: New Yorkers you see on the elevator, in the supermarket, at the gym. Without a trace of sentimentality, director Danny Leiner, a Brooklyn native, and his extraordinary cast paints five portraits of life in this city a year after the attacks of 9/11.

Dr. Trabulous (Tony Shalhoub) is an orthodox psychologist who utilizes his unique insights to unearth the buried rage of an ordinary man (Jim Gaffigan) who has witnessed an office tragedy.

Emme Keeler (Maggie Gyllenhaal), the ruthless proprietor of The Great New Wonderful a leading purveyor of pastries to the New York society set struggles to unseat NY's reigning Queen of Cake (Edie Falco), to great success and profound consequences.

Allison & David Burbage (Judy Greer, Tom McCarthy) struggle to keep their marriage together while coping with their increasingly difficult and strangely self-possessed 10-year-old son.

Avi and Satish (Naseerudin Shah, Sharat Saxena), immigrants, best friends and security guards, travel around the city casually observing contemporary America until dramatic events force them to re-evaluate their opposing perspectives.

Judy Berman's (Olympia Dukakis) routine is upset when she reconnects with a childhood friend whose passion for life kindles unexpected desires of her own.

One year after 9/11, these stories reveal that being lost always precedes a new beginning.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..a film every bit as pointed as its nounless title..”
by Ben Kenigsberg [Village Voice]
“..a seriocomic gem of rare grace and psychological nuance..”
by Tim Knight [Reel]
“..an undistinguished connect-the-dots melodrama..”
by Nick Schager [Slant Magazine]