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Wondrous OblivionIt's working-class England, 1960. A Jamaican family moves in next door to the Jewish Wisemans, whose young David (Sam Smith) is a kid so wide-eyed he...Wondrous OblivionDrama, ComedyUnratedIt's working-class England, 1960. A Jamaican family moves in next door to the Jewish Wisemans, whose young David (Sam Smith) is a kid so wide-eyed he...2006-11-01Emily WoofPalm Pictures
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Wondrous Oblivion

Genre: Drama, Comedy; Starring: Delroy Lindo, Sam Smith, Emily Woof; Director: Paul Morrison; Author: Paul Morrison; Status: In Season; MPAA Rating: In Season; Distributor: Palm Pictures

It’s working-class England, 1960. A Jamaican family moves in next door to the Jewish Wisemans, whose young David (Sam Smith) is a kid so wide-eyed he likes to exclaim ”Wondrous oblivion!” to self-diagnose his own wide-eyedness. Soon David is learning a lot about cricket — and racial tolerance, natch — from his good neighbor (Delroy Lindo, who’s the best thing here). Wondrous Oblivion goes awry in its sloppy racial drama, and although the cricket-training montages are good, they’re still training montages, and this is just that kind of overfamiliar movie.

Originally posted November 1 2006 — 12:00 AM EST

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