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Wonderful World (DVD Review)

10 Mar, 2010 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Street 3/16/10
Box Office $0.009 million
$26.98 DVD, $29.98 Blu-ray
Rated ‘R’ for language, some drug use and sexual content.
Stars Matthew Broderick, Sanaa Lathan, Michael K. Williams, Jodelle Ferland.

Divorce can be a painful experience, leaving some spouses bitter, broken and lost.

That’s the predicament one-time aspiring guitarist Ben Singer (appropriately unkempt Matthew Broderick, who sports permanent three-day facial hair) finds himself in after his ex-wife (Ally Walker from “The Profiler”) upgrades to a bigger house and a taller, more successful husband.

“It’s a shame to be so great at something no one cares about,” an observer says regarding Singer’s musical abilities.

In addition, Singer, who works as a proofreader for an entertainment law firm and splits (literally with a curtain) a one-bedroom studio apartment with philosophical diabetic roommate Ibu, from Senegal (well played by Michael K. Williams), attempts to bond with a tween-age daughter (Jodelle Ferland) on weekends.

When Ibu suddenly falls into a diabetic coma, his attractive sister, Khadi (Sanaa Lathan of “Nip/Tuck” and “The Cleveland Show”), suddenly appears — conveniently slapping Singer out of his self-pity.

After getting fired from his job and taking up as a pizza delivery boy (delivering pies to his ex-boss, no less), Singer suddenly finds a conscience (and libido), emptying his bank account in the process to help Khadi make ends meet.

Small-budgeted Wonderful World offers nothing new in the “do the right thing” genre, and likely got made due to Broderick’s involvement.

Nonetheless, I thought I’d had my fill of Broderick following his run of Ferris Bueller-type movies in the 1980s, but this understated performance is a welcome renaissance.

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