Wonderful World (2010) Matthew Broderick tends to be a very passive actor, which is why his best roles — like Ferris Bueller or the furious teacher in Election… 2010-01-08 R PT89M Drama Matthew Broderick Sanaa Lathan Philip Baker Hall Michael K. Williams Magnolia Pictures
Movie Review

Wonderful World (2010)

MPAA Rating: R
A Wonderful World | GUITAR ZERO Matthew Broderick is a sad-sack ex-singer in Wonderful World
GUITAR ZERO Matthew Broderick is a sad-sack ex-singer in Wonderful World
EW's GRADE
C

Details Limited Release: Jan 08, 2010; Rated: R; Length: 89 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Matthew Broderick and Sanaa Lathan; Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

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

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Originally posted Jan 13, 2010 Published in issue #1086 Jan 22, 2010 Order article reprints