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The Great New Wonderful

Promotional poster
Directed by Danny Leiner
Produced by Matt Tauber
Danny Leiner
Leslie Urdang
Amy Robinson
Written by Sam Catlin
Starring Tony Shalhoub
Jim Gaffigan
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Olympia Dukakis
Music by John Swihart
Distributed by First Independent Pictures
Release date(s) Tribeca Film Festival
April 22, 2005
United States limited
June 23, 2006
Running time 88 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $500,000
Gross revenue $172,055[1]

The Great New Wonderful is a 2005 film written by Sam Catlin and directed by Danny Leiner.



The Great New Wonderful is a series of vignettes of incidents taking place concurrently around Manhattan. The only other thing linking the incidents is the month in which they occur: September 2002. Recurring themes include Frustration and Sugar.

The vignettes include:

  • An accountant (Jim Gaffigan) undergoing a therapy session in the office of a passive-aggressive psychologist (Tony Shalhoub).
  • Two immigrants from India on security detail for a visiting dignitary.
  • An ambitious pastry chef (Maggie Gyllenhaal) preparing a professional pitch that she hopes will make her the reigning doyenne of New York's competitive cake scene.
  • A Brooklyn housewife (Olympia Dukakis) fixes her husband's dinner and then sits at the kitchen table making collages out of old magazines while her husband sits on the balcony, smoking a cigarette.
  • Allison & David Burbage (Judy Greer, Tom McCarthy) struggle to keep their marriage together while coping with their increasingly difficult and strangely self-possessed 10-year-old son.



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