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Wonderful World [Blu-ray] (2010)

Matthew Broderick , Michael K. Williams , Joshua Goldin  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Matthew Broderick, Michael K. Williams, Philip Baker Hall, Sanaa Lathan
  • Directors: Joshua Goldin
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 16, 2010
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0031REQB8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #404,164 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Wonderful World [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Ben Singer (Matthew Broderick) is a failed children s folk singer, a career proofreader, a less-than-extraordinary weekend dad, and perhaps the most negative man alive. Floundering in all aspects of his life, Ben's only comfort comes from regular chess games and friendly debates on game theory with his Senegalese roommate Ibou (Michael Kenneth Williams). When Ibou is suddenly struck ill, Ben's pessimistic worldview seems unequivocally confirmed. It takes an extended visit from Ibou s sister Khadi (Sanaa Lathan) for Ben to realize that cynicism may be all a matter of perspective.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mopey yet ultimately uplifting February 28, 2010
Format:Blu-ray
"The only crime left in the f*****g world is negative thinking," laments Ben Singer (Matthew Broderick) who holds the worldview that everything is fixed, yuppies are the root of all evil, and we're all doomed anyway so why bother. A failed children's singer (his sole album long relegated to the dusty cutout bins of history), the divorced Ben now works a dead-end job as a proofreader. When one of his co-workers chastises him for not sharing in the congratulatory excitement surrounding the news that another co-worker (an aspiring actor) has just landed his first television acting gig, he dismisses the scold with a shrug and says "I don't delude myself with hopes and dreams." He's a real piece of work.

Interestingly, however, he does have friends. He participates in a weekly after-hours jam session in the back room of a music store with a small group of pals, and proves to be a decent guitarist; it makes us wonder exactly why he's squandering his talents. As the music store owner surreptitiously observes, "That's a shame, to be good at something no one cares about." His roommate Ibu (Michael K. Williams) a Senegalese immigrant, doesn't let Ben's chronic glumness dampen his perpetually sunny disposition, and considers him to be a good friend regardless. Ben does approach a state approximating enjoyment when he spends time with his precocious 11-year old daughter (Jodelle Ferland); although his negative waves are markedly straining their relationship and becoming a source of concern to Ben's ex-wife (Ally Walker).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful World 1 Disc Widescreen Edition (2009) March 21, 2010
Format:DVD
"Wonderful World" was written and directed by Joshua Goldin, his first directing project. It follows Ben Singer played by Matthew Broderick who is a really big pessimist. Ben had a successful career as a children's folk music singer, but after no one bought his acoustic album, he became jaded and withdrew from the world and spends his days in a boring, safe desk job proofreading papers. His best friend and roommate, Ibu (Michael Kenneth Williams) goes into a diabetic coma and Ben's world changes when Ibu's sister, Khadi (Sanaa Lathan) comes to stay with him while her brother is ill.

The movie feels very obvious in the opening sequences, yes, he's so pessimistic, no one invites him to parties because he's a Debbie Downer. He even says at one point that the two worst inventions were the TV remote and positive thinking. The movie really improves after more challenges are put into Ben's life through the absence of his friend, the introduction of a beautiful woman from Dakar, the diminishing relationship with his daughter, Sandra (Jodelle Ferland), and the loss of his job, and his attempt to sue the city for depraved indifference. Oh and not to mention, hallucinations of "The Man" (Philip Baker Hall) as an obstacle for him to mouth off to when he smokes weed. The simple life of sitting around playing chess is put on hold.

I had a hard time seeing Matthew Broderick who is excellent at oozing a positive attitude do such an about face here. It definitely plays more funny-grouchy than dark and I think that was the director's intentional choice. Everything he does still has a certain charisma, even when he's shutting others out.

Young Jodelle Ferland as his daughter was a great choice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Originally didn't know how I would feel about it October 1, 2011
Format:DVD
I'm a super late Sanaa Lathan fan, and I only know Matthew Broderick as Ferris Bueller so I wasn't quite sure how I was going to feel about this film, but I've started revisiting so many Sanaa films that I originally didn't enjoy. This is one I knew nothing about up until this month. This film had interesting timing for me because I cut a visit short yesterday, with someone who reminds me of Ben Singer--super negative but thinks he's doing the rest of the world a favor by telling his truth. I think if you know a Ben Singer, you might want to run this film by him in hopes of some soul searching. Truth is one thing, but the guy in this flick was looking for reasons to hate everything.

As far as Sanaa's role as the Sengalese sister, Khadi, of his roommate Ibou (who I know of because I glanced at Michael Kenneth Williams on "The Wire"), they pulled it off far better than I expected. I was especially impressed with Williams because from the look of him, it's hard to imagine not seeing him with a "harder" edgy image. He was Prince Positive all through this film, and it was a pleasant surprise. And while I wouldn't think pairing Sanaa with Matthew would work, when she made that comment about "get to know it better," my mouth dropped. All I could do was yell "Go 'head, Sanaa" at that point.

Although the film didn't end how I expected it, it was a good film. It was also nice to see "Eclipse" actress Jodelle Ferland as the daughter, Sandra. She's such a cute girl and I like watching her growth as an actress.
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4.0 out of 5 stars First time I brought download from Amazon.
I enjoyed the movie. It took a while before it was available (about a day) but other than that, it was good.
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Pearl of a Film
I thought this movie was very thoughtful, and sensitive. I loved Matthew Broderick's gentle portrayal. The mixed cultures of black and white were great. Read more
Published 10 months ago by V. Robbins
5.0 out of 5 stars Bitter sweet
Really enjoyed this movie!!!
How a person can get so caught up in nothing but the negativity in life and never see the positive things that life has to offer,even if it's... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Bella
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Small Story
In an age where a story is just a device to offer special effects it's hard to find character dramas where the story focuses on a small circle of characters.
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good and Interesting
I found myself really getting into this movie and I also wanted to know if this couple was going to hang in there into the end. Read more
Published 14 months ago by sdcohen0706
4.0 out of 5 stars Full of life
Wonderful World is about, Ben Singer, a pessimist, who starts to turn his perspective on life around when his good friend Ibou becomes ill. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Rkilla
4.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting and wonderfully acted.
Wonderful World stars Matthew Broderick as Ben, a one-time children's music star and now the most pessimistic person in the world. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Darryl
3.0 out of 5 stars alright
This movie is alright it had really good points but i would not say it is a favorite it has some really good moments.
Published 23 months ago by Aleise M. Lundberg
1.0 out of 5 stars A nightmarish hellscape
In the Special Features, Broderick gives an interview that is just 3 minutes long, in which he says he made this film because a friend of his, who he's known for 20 years, wrote... Read more
Published 24 months ago by runner30
5.0 out of 5 stars A smart and uplifting film. Will leave you with food for thought.
We've all experienced periods in life that get so terrible you just have to laugh; Ben Singer (Matthew Broderick) is beyond that point. Read more
Published on May 27, 2011 by Joe Russo
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