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.
(GREAT NEW WONDERFUL: Abbot Genser)
Genre: Drama, Comedy; Starring: Edie Falco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jim Gaffigan, Olympia Dukakis, Tony Shalhoub; Director: Danny Leiner; Author: Sam Catlin; Runtime (in minutes): 88; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: First Independent Pictures
Posted July 5 2006 — 12:00 AM EDT
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