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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.

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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 ... 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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Official Sites:

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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

Gross USA:

$150,142

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$193,968
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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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 »

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David: [discussing his son] I mean, deep down he's a good kid.
Allison: He's actually a great kid.
Mr. Peersall: No, he's actually a selfish, incorrigible monster with a heart made out of shit and splinters.
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Beautifully woven, complex and subtle, it captures an essence of NYC after 9/11
29 April 2005 | by jabernSee all my reviews

Beautifully woven, complex and subtle, this film captures an essence of NYC after 9/11. A great script, some stunning photography, an excellent score that helps tie it all together, and a great ensemble cast make this small film seem quite large. The emotions that bubble under the surface, only sometimes breaking through, give this film its strength and its power. Different stories of different people all struggling with day to day life sharing the common experience of being New Yorkers post 9/11. The references to what happened are almost all unspoken, evoked through the images displayed or the background sounds, yet there is no doubt that what happened is a force in the lives of all of these people. Intelligent film-making at its best.


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