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
GUITAR ZERO Matthew Broderick is a sad-sack ex-singer in Wonderful World
Genre: Drama; Starring: Matthew Broderick, Sanaa Lathan, Philip Baker Hall, Michael K. Williams; Director: Joshua Goldin; Author: Joshua Goldin; Runtime (in minutes): 89; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
Posted January 15 2010 — 12:00 AM EST
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