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Wonderful World (2009 film)

Wonderful World is a 2009 dark comedy-drama film directed and written by Joshua Goldin, who in this movie makes his directorial debut. The film stars Matthew Broderick, Sanaa Lathan, Michael K. Williams and Jodelle Ferland.

Wonderful World
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Joshua Goldin
Produced by Miranda Bailey
Matthew Leutwyler
Glenn Williamson
Written by Joshua Goldin
Starring Matthew Broderick
Sanaa Lathan
Michael K. Williams
Jodelle Ferland
Music by Craig Richey
Edited by Jeff Canavan
Distributed by Magnolia Pictures
Release date
  • June 5, 2009 (2009-06-05) (SIFF)
  • January 8, 2010 (2010-01-08)
Running time
89 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $9,309[1]

The film was produced by Ambush Entertainment, Back Lot Pictures and Cold Iron Pictures with K5 International handling the world sales. In the summer of 2009, the film was picked up by Magnolia Pictures for distribution in 2010. Filming took place in Shreveport, Louisiana.



Ben Singer (Matthew Broderick) is a former children's folk singer whose misanthropic worldview leads him to an isolated existence. When his Senegalese roommate Ibou (Michael K. Williams) falls into a diabetic coma and is taken to the hospital, his sister Khadi (Sanaa Lathan) arrives from Senegal to take care of him. After Khadi and Ben eventually fall in love, circumstances lead Ben to reconsider his way of thinking.


The film has received mixed or average reviews from critics.[2] Based on 24 reviews, Rotten Tomatoes reported that 38% of critics gave positive reviews with an average rating of 5.2/10.[3] Another review aggretator, Metacritic, gave the film an average rating of 47% based on 14 reviews.[2]

One particular reviewer, New York Magazine film critic David Edelstein gave the film a positive review stating "the movie is unfailingly likable and finally impressive." [4]


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