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The Great New Wonderful (2005)

Cast: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Olympia Dukakis, more...
Director: Danny Leiner, Danny Leiner
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Studio: First Independent
Genre: Comedies, Drama, Independent, Romantic Comedy
Running Time: 87 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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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. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Not.a.Comedy. by bennye May 31, 2007 - 11:03 AM PDT
For people who find narcissism funny.

Great. New. Wonderful by talltale September 13, 2006 - 8:17 PM PDT
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
"I think I'm lost," says one of the characters in THE GREAT NEW WONDERFUL, and the movie suddenly cuts to a pan of a cityscape in which something else has been lost. That's about as much obvious explanation as you're going to get from a film with ideas and a framework that are indeed great, new and wonderful. Here is life, as we live it day-to-day, via family, work and culture--constantly adjusting to things minor and major.

An ensemble piece in which characters are connected both knowingly and not, and people live their lives under a cloud they can't see but do feel, this creation of writer/director Danny Leiner and his ace cast is a major event that never feels like one. You ride along with it, sometimes laughing--oddly but genuinely--while being surprised by the real, often nasty, moments the characters generate. Leiner and his cast manage to let you observe everything without shoving it in your face. You'll piece it together and come to your own private reaction. Mine was gratitude that someone has at last managed to address our situation in a manner both glancing and deep. Coming from the guy who gave us the dorky delights of "Dude, Where My Car?" and the slyly provocative "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle," this is one great leap forward.

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