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Original title: Great New Wonderful, The
• USA: Apr 22, 2005
Budget USD 500,000
The Great New Wonderful Website
Rated R for language and some sexuality.
1 hour, 27 minutes
Serenade Films, Sly Dog Films
Studio First Independent Pictures
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• The Great New Wonderful (2005)
Tagline: Rebuilding is a process.
Plot: Viewers may be shocked to learn that a film set one year after September 11th was directed by Danny Leiner, the man responsible for such stoner comedies as HAROLD AND KUMAR GO TO WHITE CASTLE and DUDE, WHERE’S MY CAR?. While those films were hardly subtle, A GREAT NEW WONDERFUL tries very hard to be, never directly referring to 9/11 but rather to the general unease that was left in its wake. In what has become a familiar formula, the film relies on interweaving separate narratives to tell five stories simultaneously. As the lives of several New Yorkers from a variety of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds unwind in September 2002, we are invited to look for clues of post-traumatic stress. What unfolds, however, could very well have occurred in September 2000, as the film never clearly states how direct a connection the characters have to the World Trade Center attacks.
As a ruthlessly ambitious young cake-maker (Maggie Gyllenhaal) aims to outdo her competition (Edie Falco), two immigrant security guards drive around the city and offer commentary on life. Meanwhile, a yuppie mother (Judy Greer) struggles to control her violent and disturbed 10-year-old, a lonely older woman (Olympia Dukakis) in Coney Island attempts to escape her tired routine, and an oddball psychiatrist
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| Directed by|
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Dude, Where's My Car?, The Architect
| Music By|
New York Doll, The Guerrero Project, The Treasure Hunters
Napoleon Dynamite, Employee of the Month, The Sasquatch Dumpling Gang