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 ›
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 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
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
This drama is so stupid. One man is driven to madness, a child that has anger problems,a man obsessed with cheating on his wife, and a woman trying to be the best at her job. Read morePublished on August 17, 2007 by Michelle Polk