Not So Wonderful
Release Date: January 08, 2010
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Michael
Kenneth Williams, Sanaa
Lathan, Jodelle Ferland, Jesse
Tyler Ferguson, Ally Walker,
and Philip Baker Hall
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 89 minutes
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
Director: Josh Goldin
Executive Producer: Lampton Enochs
Producer: Miranda Bailey, Matthew
Leutwuler, and Glenn
Writer: Josh Goldin
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Much of the movie centers on Ben’s relationship with his roommate Ibou and Ibou’s sister from Sengal, Khadi. Khadi and Ben have a romance. Ibou goes into a diabetic coma. Meanwhile, Khadi leads Ben in a ceremony of ancestor worship in hopes that Ibou will recover.
Ben’s daughter, who lives with Ben’s ex-wife, gets more and more depressed when she is around Ben and eventually starts avoiding him. As Ben finds love with Khadi, he becomes more accessible to his daughter. In the end, their relationship with each other is restored. Ben’s own paranoia at life and belief that everything will turn out badly causes Ben to think that Khadi is only using him for a green card. This causes Khadi to leave him.
WONDERFUL WORLD’s only highlight is Matthew Broderick as Ben. The story lumbers along with not much conflict and a main character who is simply depressing. “The Man,” played by Philip Baker Hall, shows up whenever Ben is high, explaining that everything is all about money.
Ben is addicted to marijuana and uses it to escape his stresses of a dead end job and a failed marriage. Ben comes off as especially whiney when he explains that his bitterness started when the record company didn’t promote his last children’s album.
While the movie ends on a note that Ben has made progress in life, there doesn’t seem to be much change. The movie’s foul language, constant marijuana use, sex scenes, and pagan worldview will offend media-wise viewers.
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WONDERFUL WORLD’s only highlight is Matthew Broderick as Ben. The story lumbers along without much conflict and contains a main character who is simply depressing. Ben comes off as especially whiney when he explains that his bitterness started when the record company didn’t promote his last album. While the movie ends on a positive note that Ben has made progress in life, there doesn’t seem to be much change. The movie’s foul language, constant marijuana use, lewd content, and pagan worldview will offend media-wise viewers.