GREAT NEW WONDERFUL: Abbot Genser
Lisa Schwarzbaum
July 05, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

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.

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