Wonderful World

Synopsis: Ben is a failed children's folk singer and less-than-extraordinary weekend dad. Deeply cynical, Ben's sole pleasure in life is derived from chess games with his Senegalese roommate Ibou. When Ibou is suddenly struck ill and an insensitive municipal employee exacerbates the emergency situation, Ben's pessimistic world view seems unequivocally confirmed. But when Ibou's sister Khadi takes his place in their apartment, what starts as an awkward living arrangement becomes something more, and Ben finds that cynicism may be all a matter of perspective.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Joshua Goldin
Production: Magnolia Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
89 min

- Latte and mocha.

- Thank you.


- Vincent's merger's dead.

- Don't worry about it, L.

You'll be out of here in 6 months.

The "until" job.

How long you been

working here, Ben?


I know. Pretty pathetic.

At least I don't delude myself

with hopes and dreams.

He's against hopes and dreams.

He's the anti-everything dude.

The antichrist.

You think getting a job in a TV series

is going to change anything?

In 3 days, you'll realize

it's just the same old crap

in a new package--

you'll still be working for The Man,

same as everyone else.

The Man? Who's The Man?

You know-- society, the establishment,

the corporate super-organism.


You're one dark dude, man.

He's here.

Hi, dad.

So what's new in school?

I don't know.

Math and stuff.

A guru from an ashram

in India came to visit us

in social studies.

He could remember

That kid recognizes you.

Probably from one of your C.D.s.

What were his past lives?

In one he was a prince.

In the other he was a

slave leading a rebellion.

That's the trouble

with reincarnation--

Everybody was always

a prince or a warrior.

Nobody was ever a museum guard,

a paramecium or a bed of moss.

People want to think

they were special, I guess.

Yeah, well,

that's how they get you.

They figure if they can fill you up

with that pie-in-the-sky stuff,

maybe you won't notice how much crap

you've eaten in your own lifetime.


I think I'm a lesbian.

Why, 'cause you like hockey?

I like boys, but...

Not to kiss.

I like hanging out with them.

I wouldn't jump

to any conclusions.

You haven't even reached

puberty yet.

You're programmed from birth.

They have studies.


What do you want to do?

You wanna go ice skating?

Dad, I like watching hockey.

I don't even know how to skate.

Do you want to go to McRory's?


Very good. Nice-- Nice guitar.

Hey, Ben, this just came in.


So fine it almost plays itself.

You want to play it?

Go ahead.

Jim and Sweeny are in the back.

Do you mind?

Just for a minute?


All right. I see

you got the Brazilian.


It's a shame.

What is?

To be so great at something

no one cares about.

I think I want to sleep

in my own room tonight.

Ibu snores too loud

and I have a bio quiz tomorrow.

Hey, what's the matter?

She wanted to come home,

that's all.

I love you, dad.

Hey, sweetie.

What did you say to her?

For God's sakes, Ben,

she's 11 years old. She still wants

to think the world is a nice place.


She wants me to feed her

that positive-think crap.

We just exited the bloodiest century

in the history of civilization.

We got terrorism,

atomic bombs,

genocide of mythic proportions.

And what have all

these horrors produced

as we go into the new millennium?

Positive f***ing thinking.

You know what that's about?

It's about grabbing

as much as you can

with your greedy little fingers.

So why don't you do

something special with her?

Take her to a hockey game

or something.

The only crime left in the whole

f***ing world is negativity.

Negativity is treason.

They even have a pill for it.

It is a world in which The Man

is the presiding authority--

The 2 worst inventions

in the past 20 years--

The TV remote and positive thinking.

You know, I-- I hear something

on the radio today.

It was very interesting.

It was about this game theory.

They say if a man acts

in his own interests,

that he would act in a way that is

beneficial to those around him--

if he acts intelligently.

Big "if."

I don't know.

So I went on the internet

to read a little more

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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