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The Great New Wonderful (2006)

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Critic Consensus: Set in post-9/11 New York, this largely evocative dramedy interweaves the stories of five disconnected individuals who share an unspoken emotional malaise that shadows their attempts at returning to normal life.

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A collection of everyday New Yorkers struggle to carry on with their increasingly stressful lives a year after the city was forever changed by the 9/11 terrorist attacks in Brooklyn-native Danny Leiner's ensemble-cast slice of life. Dr. Trabulous (Tony Shalhoub) is a gifted psychologist with a special knack for truly understanding his patients. When an ordinary businessman (Jim Gaffigan) who has witnessed a terrible office tragedy seeks to gain the insight of the seasoned professional, Dr. Trabulous helps to release a hidden rage that has slowly been eating away at the man's troubled soul. Meanwhile, in the culinary world, Great New Wonderful pastry shop proprietor Emme Keeler (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is about to discover that unseating the woman known as the Queen of Cake (Edie Falco) doesn't come without some heavy consequences. Elsewhere in the city, troubled couple Allison (Judy Greer) and David Burbage (Tom McCarthy) fight to save their marriage and break through to their curiously overconfident ten-year-old boy. Avi (Naseeruddin Shah) and Satish (Sharat Saxena) are immigrants and best friends who work together as security guards and wander the city making observations about contemporary America until their opposing perspectives are challenged by an unexpected development in their lives that neither saw coming. And despite the comfort she takes in her daily routine, Julie Berman (Olympia Dukakis) discovers that her passion for life has long since died, until a visit with a childhood friend helps her to realize just what she's been missing all these lonely years.
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R (for language and some sexuality)
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Comedy , Drama
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Cast

Judy Greer
as Allison
Tony Shalhoub
as Dr. Trabulous
Edie Falco
as Safarah
Will Arnett
as Danny
Seth Gilliam
as Clayton
Tom McCarthy
as David Burbage
Tony Kushner
as Himself
Billy Donner
as Charlie
Tom Ford (VIII)
as Mr. Jeffers
Jim Gaffigan
as Sandie
Sharat Saxena
as Satish
Stephen Colbert
as Mr. Peersall
Jeremy Shamos
as Young Rabbi
Bill Donner
as Charlie
Jim Parsons
as Justin
Marilyn Chris
as Phyllis
Kapil Bawa
as General Ganjee
Sam Catlin
as Congressman Blenick
Ari Graynor
as Lisa Krindel
Priscilla Shanks
as Duff Krindel
Mario Polit
as Elvis Cedeno
Julie Dretzin
as Julie Driscoll
Alex McCord
as Jesslyn
Nancy McDoniel
as Agnes Whitehead
Bernie McInerney
as Wexler Whitehead
K'Dee Miller
as Rhonda
Rajika Puri
as Sucheta
Finnerty Steeves
as Isabelle
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Critic Reviews for The Great New Wonderful

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (16)

Not all the little stories and vignettes work (some seem almost pointless), but most of the performances, especially a haughty luncheon under a veil of politeness with Gyllenhaal and Falco, are spot on, involving and revealing.

August 31, 2006
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

It may be the 9/11 movie to which the most people can relate. For most of us, that date wasn't about personal heroics or losing loved ones or survival. It was about processing the impossible and realizing that life, with all its ups and downs, must go on.

Full Review… | August 25, 2006
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Luminous, affecting, and at times humorous take on 9/11's aftermath.

Full Review… | August 18, 2006
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

While the film rarely imparts a true sense of messy everyday feelings and the strife of real life, the fine actors take your mind off the shortcomings.

August 17, 2006
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Set on the one-year anniversary of the twin towers' collapse, the drama interweaves five stories about New Yorkers. It's a testament to the city's resolve to resume life as normal.

August 10, 2006
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Writer Sam Catlin and director Danny Leiner have fashioned an alert, shrewdly observed portrait of a moment in time.

July 20, 2006
L.A. Weekly
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Audience Reviews for The Great New Wonderful

½

Not all the little stories and vignettes work (some seem almost pointless), but most of the performances, especially a haughty luncheon under a veil of politeness with Gyllenhaal and Falco, are spot on, involving and revealing.

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

Capitalizing on tragedy - blatantly and superficially. The script is too unspecific. It expects the audience to fill in the blanks of these characters' lives with our own interesting anecdotes and vocabulary. There's nothing insightful or different about these people. They're soooo regular. Just regular people dealing with 9/11. A slice of life that is too half-baked. I was hoping to like another Danny Leiner movie, but I guess the only similarity between this and H&K is the Indian demographic. In all seriousness though, I found Satish's and Avi's characters the most intriguing for their seamless melding of Hindi and English.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

Much less crappy than I thought it would be. A handful of good character studies done by good actors made it decent. Especially Tony Shaloub and his A-hole character that he always seems to play when he isn't Monk. Plus Judy Greer is nice to look at.

Curtis Lilly
Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

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