The Great New Wonderful
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For five sets of New Yorkers life in September 2002 is still just as much of a struggle as it was after that terrible day on 2001. Two youthful and nice parents Allison (Judy Geer) and David Burbage (Tom McCarthy) are at the end of their tether emotionally. As their sex life gradually diminishes, they spend their days worrying about their ten-year-old hyperactive son Charlie (Billy Donner) who is disobedient at home and violent to his classmates at school.
Sandie (Jim Gaffigan) is a mild-mannered but tightly wound survivor of 9/11 - apparently he worked on the seventh floor of the World Trade Center. Things would be fine except for the goading of a dotty therapist (Tony Shalhoub) his employers have forced him to consult. Emme (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is an astute and ruthless young cake decorator who owns The Great New Wonderful, a pastry company that has lost out to the Queen of Cake, Safarah (Edie Falco).
Judy Berman (Olympia Dukakis) is a working class senior who is forced to put up with her mechanical husband who does nothing but watch television all day and after dinner retire to the terrace for a smoke. They do not talk and the only thing that keeps Judy going is the artwork she does in their small kitchen. One day, a childhood friend bumps into her, and they reconnect, their friendship perhaps a harbinger of hope.Read more ›
This movie is not for everyone. It is being billed as an "intelligent comedy" and I would not call it that. It is more of an intelligent drama with dark comedic overtones. If you are looking for a ha-ha funny comedy, don't get this movie, as it is not light-hearted, either, as the name implies. However, for the right viewer, I would have to say that it really is a great movie, it is absolutely new, and I found it wonderful, too.
The movie is ostensibly about five New Yorkers and the details of their lives a year after 9/11. These characters were not involved in the 9/11 tragedy directly, but it shows how the stress of just living in the city where this tragedy happened has affected each of their lives and the conclusions about their lives they've arrived at by the end of the movie. The five stories interweave but can be watched separately in the special features section. I highly recommend watching them together, though, because there are parallel elements between the stories, even though at first they are not obvious. In general, I see this film as being about the stress of living our lives today, and the choices we make about our problems.
Now, here's why I think this movie is not getting rave reviews---when I watched it the first time I thought "This is just dumb"...in other words, I didn't get it at all---but since then, I've never had a movie haunt me so much. The more I think about it the more meaning I find in it. Have you ever watched a movie like that? I usually either love them or feel like I've wasted my time. So this movie is definitely different. It is subtle and profound, and has to "sink in".Read more ›
Sometimes people from different story lines ride the same elevator. That's as much interconnection as you get.
For the life of me I will not understand why amazon touts it as a lighthearted comedy. My DVD copy even calls it a `brilliant comedy' on the cover. I don't get it. There is almost no single funny moment in the film. All episodes are essentially tragic. The need to laugh once in a while is like the whistling in the dark.
A couple can't cope with their sociopath of an obese son.
Two competing pastry queens drive each other towards suicide.
A shrink cures a man from his hidden aggression by bringing it out into the open, unless he causes it.
A woman finally tries to murder her hated husband.
A loud mouth macho security guard finds that living up to his boasts is more than he bargained for. Of all the stories, this is maybe the only one that one can laugh about without losing self respect.
The movie is neither great nor memorable, it is just interesting and honest enough to stay with it.
Lighthearted comedy? Tell me another one!
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I bought this movie at one of those overstock stores, because Maggie G (of "World Trade Center) was in it. Read morePublished on December 13, 2013 by catmama
I thought it was a cheap comedy with Jim Gaffigan but when I realized it wasn't I never made time to watch it...Published on May 21, 2013 by MisterB
After reading several reviews of this movie I am somewhat puzzled about what this movie is trying to say. Read morePublished on April 4, 2012 by Mike Hutchison
The Amazon review gets this film just about right, but that doesn't help its lack of comedy. You won't chuckle at this. A wry smile is maybe the most rise it may give you. Read morePublished on November 12, 2011 by Brad Smith
A comedy? It does say a brilliant comedy on the dvd jacket, but if this a comedy I'd hate to see a drama. Read morePublished on August 13, 2011 by Sandra
the cover lies!!! this was one of the stupidest movies i have ever watched! it had no point! after watching it i was still wondering what was going on. Read morePublished on March 24, 2011 by frohsinn
I watched this movie on cable. Great line up of actors. Most are wasted on two-dimensional characters. Read morePublished on January 3, 2008 by IMSMRTRTNU
I picked it up because of Colbert and Gaffigan's names on the cover figuring if they chose to be involved in it it would at least be creative if not funny. Read morePublished on August 29, 2007 by pancake_repairman