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The Great New Wonderful

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GREAT NEW WONDERFUL: Abbot Genser

The Great New Wonderful

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
88 minutes
Limited Release Date:
06/23/06
performer:
Edie Falco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jim Gaffigan, Olympia Dukakis, Tony Shalhoub
director:
Danny Leiner
distributor:
First Independent Pictures
author:
Sam Catlin
genre:
Drama, Comedy

We gave it a B-

The self-absorbed New Yorkers who inhabit The Great New Wonderful are an antsy lot in 2002: An aggressive entrepreneur (Maggie Gyllenhaal) schemes to crush a competitor (Edie Falco), a placid company drone (Jim Gaffigan) roils with internal rage, an old woman (Olympia Dukakis) stalls in an ancient marital rut. Working from a stagy script by Sam Catlin, director Danny Leiner uses a dainty palette of tristesse (untouched when he made Dude, Where’s My Car?) to suggest that the shadow of 9/11 makes every discontent more pathetic.