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.