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Wonderful World (2009)

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Ben Singer has his cynical worldview darkened by his roommate Ibu's sudden medical situation, though the arrival of Ibu's sister, Khadi, might remedy both men's ills.

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Joshua Goldin (as Josh Goldin)

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Joshua Goldin (as Josh Goldin)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Broderick ... Ben Singer
Sanaa Lathan ... Khadi
Michael Kenneth Williams ... Ibu
Philip Baker Hall ... The Man
Jesse Tyler Ferguson ... Cyril
Jodelle Ferland ... Sandra
Ally Walker ... Eliza
Christy Reese Christy Reese ... Cassie
Zacharias Foppe Zacharias Foppe ... Leon (as Zacharias E. Foppe)
Cristen Barnes ... Suzie
Mia Ford ... Maxine - Cyril's Daughter
Paul T. Taylor ... Doug
James Burton ... McRory
Dan Zanes ... Sweeny
John Hambrick John Hambrick ... Judge Bissel
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Storyline

Ben is a failed children's folk singer and less-than-extraordinary weekend dad. Deeply cynical, Ben's sole pleasure in life is derived from chess games with his Senegalese roommate Ibou. When Ibou is suddenly struck ill and an insensitive municipal employee exacerbates the emergency situation, Ben's pessimistic world view seems unequivocally confirmed. But when Ibou's sister Khadi takes his place in their apartment, what starts as an awkward living arrangement becomes something more, and Ben finds that cynicism may be all a matter of perspective. Written by Anonymous

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If the glass is half empty, at least you can't drown. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some drug use and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English | Wolof

Release Date:

27 April 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Csodálatos világ See more »

Filming Locations:

Shreveport, Louisiana, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,582, 10 January 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,622, 17 January 2010
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At one point in the film, Matthew Broderick and Sanaa Lathan are talking about the impossibility of their relationship. Lathan's character says that they are like a hippo and a lion trying to mate. Broderick asks 'who's the hippo. Broderick voiced Simba in the "Lion King" franchise. See more »

Goofs

When Ben folds Ibou's hands after finding him on his bed, you can see Ibou's left hand twitch slightly before Ben touches it. See more »

Quotes

Ben Singer: [Stares at the Man] Who are you? Are you God?
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Going Down Fannin Street
Written by Dan Zanes
Performed by Dan Zanes
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Listen Carefully
20 December 2009 | by lhalanSee all my reviews

This is a problem often found in films where characters speak with foreign accents. There is a key conversation between Ben Singer (Broderick) and Ibu (Williams) over a chess game earlier in the film. The director didn't have the experience to slow the cadence so that the audience can hear AND understand. Consequently, some of the conversation is lost in the struggle to parse the words. Unfortunately, that dialog becomes key to the most powerful scene of the film which takes place very near the end. So, my advice is to listen carefully Otherwise, it's a good film, though the pace slows enough to suggest it's not going anywhere during the middle of the film.


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