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Wilby Wonderful

Wilby Wonderful (2004)


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The residents of Wilby, Nova Scotia, learn the importance a day can make as scandal weighs heavily on their conscience in the sophomore feature from Canadian playwright-turned-filmmaker Daniel MacIvor. Suicidal Dan Jarvis (James Allodi) is longing to find a reason to live, and as Buddy and Carol Franch's (Paul Gross and Sandra Oh) marriage falls to pieces, single mom Sandra Anderson (Rebecca Jenkins) seeks male companionship to relieve the strain of raising a child alone and unlucky painter Duck

Mar 28, 2006

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Despite its hipster-coffeehouse soundtrack, foul mouth, randy characters, and violent patches, Wilby is wholesome and ultimately remarkable for its optimism.

March 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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October 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Wilby Wonderful tries to be audience-friendly without pandering.

October 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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A fine ensemble cast and a low-key approach that's both charming and a little dull.

February 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
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About as Canadian as Canadian movies get. And no, that's not a good thing.

October 19, 2004 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

Wilby Wonderful is pleasant enough storytelling with a handful of truly brilliant scenes.

October 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
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Writer/director Daniel MacIvor does a wonderful job of establishing this small town...

September 18, 2004 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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A little too slow and scattered it still has good acting making for a nice piece on life in a small town.
June 4, 2011
jay nixon

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Way too slow,and way too preachy for so little said. The movie was not very focused with several unrelated plots distracting from any real meaning for this well intentioned movie.
January 5, 2011

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Flawed, but has such interesting characters you can almost look past it. Very slow moving, though, and not for anyone who likes a big story. The acting is great in this. I mainly rented it because it had Ellen Page in it, although her role is not that major, it was one of her earlier ones from before "Juno" etc. Worth a look if you like smaller movies not shot on a large budget.
January 9, 2009

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Another sparkling gem from the ouevre of the brilliant, young Ms Page. She continues to impress this viewer with her acting chops. In this, she plays the daughter of a woman who has returned to her Nova Scotia island roots to open a restaurant. It is about finding love and purpose wherever one has been planted. Sandra Oh plays the small town realtor with big ambitions and whose marriage may be falling apart because of it. The other actors are not well known, but are more than competent to carry the story along. The director was able to capture the insular nature of this small town without resorting to cliche. All of the subplots are tied up nicely at the end, leaving this viewer with a smile on his face.
December 6, 2008
Mark Abell

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