Wilby Wonderful

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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 MacDonald (Callum Keith Rennie) struggles to overcome his own nagging problems. On the horizon, a shocking revelation threatens to change the way the residents of the small town view both themselves and their neighbors, but how will the people of Wilby deal with such a major problem when they can't even work out their own issues? ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Daniel MacIvor
as Stan Lastman
James Allodi
as Dan Jarvis
Callum Keith Rennie
as Duck MacDonald
Ellen Page
as Emily Anderson
Sandra Oh
as Carol French
Paul Gross
as Buddy French
Maury Chaykin
as Mayor Brent Fisher
Rebecca Jenkins
as Sandra Anderson
Marcella Grimaux
as Mackenzie Fisher
Chris Saunderson
as Photographer
Chett Buchanan
as Golfing Businessman #1
Mike Goodfellow
as Golfing Businessmam #2
Ed Cayer
as Lotto Man
Judith Hasen
as Lotto Woman
Rita Howell
as Mrs. Corkum
Susannah Hoffmann
as Elaine Fisher
Deborah Bowels
as Neighbour
Allan Hawco
as Radio Announcer
Shannon Perreault
as Radio Announcer
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Critic Reviews for Wilby Wonderful

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (2)

Audience Reviews for Wilby Wonderful

  • May 08, 2011
    A little too slow and scattered it still has good acting making for a nice piece on life in a small town.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Jan 05, 2011
    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.
    Thomas J Super Reviewer
  • Dec 06, 2008
    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.
    Mark A Super Reviewer
  • Nov 20, 2008
    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.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer

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