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The Great New Wonderful (2005)

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The Great New Wonderful weaves five stories against the backdrop of an anxious and uncertain post-9-11 New York City.

Director:

Danny Leiner

Writer:

Sam Catlin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Emme Keeler
Seth Gilliam ... Clayton
Jim Parsons ... Justin
Martha Millan ... Alexa
Will Arnett ... Danny Keeler
Nancy McDoniel ... Agnes Whitehead
Fred Burrell Fred Burrell ... Wexler Whitehead
Jillian Crane Jillian Crane ... Crying Woman
Mario Polit ... Elvis Cedeno
Tony Kushner ... Tony Kushner
Edie Falco ... Safarah Polsky
Finnerty Steeves ... Isabelle
Priscilla Shanks Priscilla Shanks ... Priscilla Krindel
Bernie McInerney Bernie McInerney ... Duff Krindel
Ari Graynor ... Lisa Krindel
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Storyline

In New York City, five concurrent and ultimately intersecting stories of emotional despair are presented leading up to the first anniversary of 9/11. Emme Keeler, a high end cake designer, and her businessman husband Danny are all about presenting the perfect life, much like the perfection Emme strives for with her cake designs. Despite that perfection, Emme and her team have lost most of the recent contracts against their main competitor, Safarah Polsky. Emme is hoping things will change with the upcoming annual competition to win the lucrative contract to provide the birthday cake for now teenager, spoiled heiress Lisa Krindle, Emme who will do whatever she can to get a leg up on Safarah. Married Allison and David Burbage do whatever they need to to provide for their adolescent son Charlie, who is in expensive therapy to deal with disruptive sometimes bordering on violent behavior against others. They may not realize that they are really placing their own relationship at risk in not... Written by Huggo

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Rebuilding is a process.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hindi | Italian

Release Date:

22 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

New York City See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,712, 25 June 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$150,071, 24 September 2006
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

WILHELM SCREAM: Heard on TV. See more »

Goofs

Avi says that the Mall of America in Minneapolis is the largest mall in the world. Actually, at the time of the store, CentralWorld Mall in Thailand is larger, opening in 1990. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Sandie - Dr. Trabulous' patient: I think I'm lost.
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References Guys and Dolls (1955) See more »

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Touching portrait of post 9/11 New York
25 June 2006 | by dlombardiSee all my reviews

I found this film to be a poignant portrayal of the lives of several New Yorkers post 9/11. They lead lives of quiet desperation with a backdrop of the despair that lingers after 9/11. Although the death/destruction in lower Manhattan are never mentioned, the symbols of 9/11 are there as a constant reminder. The film has both funny, and sad moments, however I found the panoramic shots of lower Manhattan sans the WTC to be especially moving. Instead of taking a heavy handed approach, the director skirts the issue and lets the viewer draw his own conclusions. Danny Leiner shows a masterful touch at revealing the emotions deep inside these characters. Who wouldn't thought this is the same guy who brought us Harold & Kumar?


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