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Wonderful World (2010)



Critic Consensus: Matthew Broderick gives an appealing performance and director Joshua Goldin's script contains unexpected bursts of honest emotion, but Wonderful World's good intentions can't make up for its lack of originality.

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A pessimistic pothead struggles with his own cynicism after his Senegalese roommate is stricken ill and an insensitive municipal employee inadvertently exacerbates an already desperate situation. Ben Singer (Matthew Broderick) wanted to be a children's folk singer; instead he's become a career proofreader and the world's worst weekend dad. But while Ben's life may be a mess, at least his regular chess games with his roommate, Ibou, offer some amount of intellectual release. That all changes when Ibou falls mysteriously ill, and his malady is compounded by the indifference of a rude municipal employee. Convinced that his negative world view has finally been confirmed, Ben channels all of his energy into a frivolous lawsuit against the city before discovering that his misanthropy may be a simple matter of perspective.
R (for language, some drug use and sexual content)
Drama , Romance
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Matthew Broderick
as Ben Singer
Ally Walker
as Eliza
Christy Reese
as Cassie
Mia Alicia Ford
as Cyril's Daughter
James Burton
as McRory
Dan Zanes
as Sweeny
John Hambrick
as Judge Bissel
Drew Waters
as City Lawyer 1
Odessa Sykes
as Laugh Zone MC
Carey Bowers
as Standup Comic
Linda Leonard
as Doctor
David George
as Male Nurse
David Jenson
as Tow Truck Driver
Michael Showers
as Lawyer on TV
Thomas Ike Awagu
as African Man
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Critic Reviews for Wonderful World

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (15)

If ... Wonderful World seem(s) a little tired, the film still has its own low-key pleasures, thanks to Broderick's restrained performance and a script that punctuates the inescapable saccharine of its storyline with tart little bursts of anger.

Full Review… | January 29, 2010
Washington Post
Top Critic

While this movie is earnest and well-intentioned, it doesn't quite work.

January 19, 2010
At the Movies
Top Critic

Not quite good enough.

January 19, 2010
At the Movies
Top Critic

Despite a film festival pedigree (it was shown at a number of local festivals on the 2009 circuit), the movie is so lightweight and inconsequential that a review seems almost superfluous.

Full Review… | January 14, 2010
Top Critic

The movie itself is a little too tidy, a little too determined to convey a lesson, but the character sticks with you.

January 14, 2010
Seattle Times
Top Critic

It's all very sincere, but watching a dweebish depressive learn that Life Is Good is a lesson of diminishing returns.

Full Review… | January 13, 2010
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Wonderful World

It's not bad, but it's also pretty dead in the water when it comes to dramatic interest and momentum. One of those rare "nothing" movies; nothing happened between me and the screen. It simply existed.

Wes Lawson
Wes Lawson

I really like this movie. I'm not the biggest Matthew Broderick fan, but I thought that he did an exceptional job in this nice little movie. I do wish that Jesse Ferguson had a bigger role, cuz I think he is a crack up. What more could you ask for, though? A movie with heart, that leaves you with a really good feeling.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Lots of holes everywhere. I see where this film could have been really good and uplifting, but it fails to really concentrate on much, scattering about and trying to cover too many angles. Good concept, poor execution, but in the end Matthew Broderick still delivers a somewhat endearing character and the end result is a film that is lacking, but not TOO disappointing.

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