The Great New Wonderful

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Released 2006

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Director:
Danny Leiner
Released:
2006
Rating:
R
The Great New Wonderful offers vignettes of scenes taking place around New York City in September 2002, one year after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Judy Hillerman (Olympia Dukakis) takes comfort in the unchanging routine of her days, but a visit from an old friend helps to reignite her love of life. Meanwhile, Sandie (Jim Gaffigan) spends his days with a therapist learning to release hidden rage. David (Thomas McCarthy) and Allison Burbage (Judy Greer) have been struggling in their marriage and trying to cope with their increasingly difficult 10-year-old son. Across town, pastry chef Emme Keeler (Maggie Gyllenhaal) has her eye on overthrowing the city's Queen of Cake, but her success will have consequences. Security guards Avi (Naseeruddin Shah) and Satish (Sharat Saxena) are both immigrants learning about America. All their lives have changed since that fateful day, though no one will mention how deeply it affected them all. The 2005 film was directed by Danny Leiner.

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  • 67

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Working from a stagy script by Sam Catlin, director Danny Leiner uses a dainty palette of tristesse (untouched when he made Dude, Where's My Car?) to suggest that the shadow of 9/1...

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Gene Seymour

    The movie falls short of the grandeur it's reaching for, but if you're looking for balm to soothe your frazzled nerves, you may be able to scrape some from the movie's rawer edges.

  • 50

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    It is hard to feel much warmth toward people whose most salient feature is their disconnection from reality.

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