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Wonderful World

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A Wonderful World | GUITAR ZERO Matthew Broderick is a sad-sack ex-singer in Wonderful World

Wonderful World

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
89 minutes
Limited Release Date:
01/08/10
performer:
Matthew Broderick, Sanaa Lathan, Philip Baker Hall, Michael K. Williams
director:
Joshua Goldin
distributor:
Magnolia Pictures
author:
Joshua Goldin
genre:
Drama

We gave it a C

Matthew Broderick tends to be a very passive actor, which is why his best roles — like Ferris Bueller or the furious teacher in Election — wrench him out of that slightly dazed blobbiness. But he’s mired in passivity in Wonderful World, a scrappy indie modeled on the racial sentimentality of The Visitor. Broderick plays a mopey former kids’ singer who’s divorced, stuck in a dead-end job, and alienated from everyone but his saintly chess-playing roommate from Senegal (Michael K. Williams). When the roommate falls into a diabetic coma, Broderick finds romance with his sick friend’s sister (the terrific Sanaa Lathan). It’s all very sincere, but watching a dweebish depressive learn that Life Is Good is a lesson of diminishing returns. C

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