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Wilby Wonderful2004

  • 3.7
  • passes the bechdel test
WILBY WONDERFUL is a bittersweet comedy about the difference a day makes. Over the course of twenty-four hours, the residents of the tiny island town of Wilby try to maintain business as usual in the face of very unusual business. WILBY WONDERFUL features a stellar ensemble of Canada's most talented performers: Ellen Page, Sandra Oh, James Allodi, Maury Chaykin, Paul Gross, Rebecca Jenkins and Callum Keith Rennie. WILBY WONDERFUL is a gentle, intimate story of hope and the importance of believing that we live in a world of creation, not destruction, in fact, we create that world by believing in it.

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It is a good story with lieable characters and a few plot twists. Nothing profound, but a good way to while away an evening.

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Most small town portrayals emphasize the "quirky" characters and the off center culture of the given town. Wilby portrays genuine people with problems we all recognize; it doesn't flinch at revealing the costs of life. I was puzzled by the headline that called this the "Canadian LBGT" film. That does a disservice to the story as a whole and devalues the film as "just a gay story."

Ellen Page at a younger page was a pleasure; her early grasp of her craft was impressive.

The pace tried my patience at moments and the sudden revelation of the truth about the Wilby Watch was too disconnected. I knew the Chief of Police was doing something the first time he "discovered" needles at the Watch, but the story to that point led toward homophobia rather than financial skullduggery.

Good film all the same.

P.S. Seeing Sandra Oh outside the context of "Grey's Anatomy" caused me to keep recalling the scene in "Sideways" when she bitch slapped her boy friend with her motorcycle helmet!

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It is a good story with lieable characters and a few plot twists. Nothing profound, but a good way to while away an evening.

1 member likes this review
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Very good film. Canada makes some good ones. Good casting, good acting, good directing, good editing. Plot developed well. Funny thing, but some large people are pretty small. And some young people are mature beyond their years. It's all about relationships and love and respect for self and others. In this film, the good guys will. If there were any really bad guys, they kind of just faded away. Somehow it seems to work out better to be yourself and allow things to happen, not try to make it happen.

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Nice setting with interwoven stories of people trying to just do the right thing. It is nice to see an early Sandra Oh in action and in such disarray. I liked the overall pacing and the sympathy each scene has for the characters in it. Nicely done.

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fluff, but delightful fluff. fold some laundry, put on the movie, and feel the time roll away.

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It was fun to see Ellen Page back in the day, and a 'nice' story about life and relationships in a small town. Kind of rambling, occasionally slow, and touching lightly on some tough issues.

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Wilby Wonderful is movie wonderful!

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An excellent film that is gracefully and compellingly made all the way through. I applaud the values of this as well.

Love, love, love this. Super movie.

No, I did not love it

Excellent!

Nice little movie! Everyday lives of people that live in the Small Town How they deal with things! Very enjoyable!

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Brilliant,uplifting

Well made, with an overly gentle pace, slice of character oriented story

a little slow-waiting to see.....