Wilby Wonderful (2005)




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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
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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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
Terri Sanderson
as Reporter
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
Lauren Ehrenworth
as Bartender
Susannah Hoffmann
as Elaine Fisher
Deborah Bowels
as Neighbour
Lorraine Chapman
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)

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

Full Review… | March 18, 2005
Boston Globe
Top Critic


Full Review… | October 8, 2004
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Wilby Wonderful tries to be audience-friendly without pandering.

October 8, 2004
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

A fine ensemble cast and a low-key approach that's both charming and a little dull.

Full Review… | February 22, 2006
Shadows on the Wall

About as Canadian as Canadian movies get. And no, that's not a good thing.

Full Review… | October 19, 2004

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

Full Review… | October 8, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Wilby Wonderful

A little too slow and scattered it still has good acting making for a nice piece on life in a small town.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer


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 Johnston
Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer


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 Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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