Wondrous Oblivion 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… Wondrous Oblivion 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… 2006-07-21 Unrated Comedy Drama Delroy Lindo Sam Smith Emily Woof Palm Pictures
Movie Review

Wondrous Oblivion (2006)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
LIVING IN OBLIVIAN Young David Wiseman (Smith) learns about cricket — and life, in case you hadn't guessed that already — from new neighbor (Lindo)
LIVING IN OBLIVIAN Young David Wiseman (Smith) learns about cricket — and life, in case you hadn't guessed that already — from new neighbor (Lindo)
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Limited Release: Jul 21, 2006; Rated: Unrated; Genres: Comedy, Drama; With: Delroy Lindo and Sam Smith; 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 Nov 01, 2006 Published in issue #906 Nov 10, 2006 Order article reprints
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