The Great New Wonderful R

The Great New Wonderful
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 27 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: September 12, 2006
  • Originally Released: 2006
  • Label: First Independent
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 41


User Ratings: 18,688
Rating: B- -- 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.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Aug 31, 2006
Rating: 2.5/4 -- While it's not always successful at doing so, this film does have its perceptive, thoughtful moments. And it features one of the best ensemble casts in recent memory. Full Review
Deseret News (Salt Lake City)
Sep 15, 2006
Rating: A- -- 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
Dallas Morning News
Aug 26, 2006
Rating: 3.5/4 -- [The characters], like us, are looking for answers in a rare movie that boldly and thoughtfully asks the right questions.
Salt Lake Tribune
Sep 15, 2006
Rating: 3/4 -- 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.
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Aug 10, 2006
3 stars out of 5 -- This is a film that never really says what its about, and may in fact not be about much of anything other than the zeitgeist of the era. Which, if you think about it, is plenty.
Box Office
Sep 1, 2006
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Luminous, affecting, and at times humorous take on 9/11's aftermath. Full Review
Chicago Sun-Times
Aug 18, 2006

Product Description:

Viewers may be shocked to learn that a film set one year after September 11th was directed by Danny Leiner, the man responsible for such stoner comedies as HAROLD AND KUMAR GO TO WHITE CASTLE and DUDE, WHERE'S MY CAR'. While those films were hardly subtle, A GREAT NEW WONDERFUL tries very hard to be, never directly referring to 9/11 but rather to the general unease that was left in its wake. In what has become a familiar formula, the film relies on interweaving separate narratives to tell five stories simultaneously. As the lives of several New Yorkers from a variety of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds unwind in September 2002, we are invited to look for clues of post-traumatic stress. What unfolds, however, could very well have occurred in September 2000, as the film never clearly states how direct a connection the characters have to the World Trade Center attacks.

As a ruthlessly ambitious young cake-maker (Maggie Gyllenhaal) aims to outdo her competition (Edie Falco), two immigrant security guards drive around the city and offer commentary on life. Meanwhile, a yuppie mother (Judy Greer) struggles to control her violent and disturbed 10-year-old, a lonely older woman (Olympia Dukakis) in Coney Island attempts to escape her tired routine, and an oddball psychiatrist (Tony Shalhoub) is hired to help an office worker (Jim Gaffigan) who lost several colleagues in the attacks. Sam Catlin's script creates a vagueness and mystery which is both refreshing and frustrating. While never dwelling in sentimentality, the film is thought-provoking in its pondering of the ways in which people deal and fail to deal with things stressful, painful, and shocking.


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