Wondrous Oblivion
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Eleven year old David Wiseman loves to play cricket but is no good at it. When a Jamaican family move in next door and builds a cricket net in the back garden, David is in seventh heaven. But this is 1960s England, and when the neighbors start to make life difficult for the new arrivals, David's Jewish family is caught in the middle, and he has to choose between fitting in and standing up for the new friends who have turned his world upside down.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Wondrous Oblivion is a timeless tale of an 11-year-old South London boy putting aside boyish things. Writer-director Paul Morrison affirms PG-rated life lessons that could appeal to 11-year-olds and their elders alike."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"It's a delight to see Delroy Lindo -- perpetually cast as tough cops and tougher crooks -- playing a tender father and decent (if struggling) husband."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"The challenges of friendship across color lines."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"A touching rite-of-passage flick which simultaneously sends several valuable messages about friendship, fidelity, tolerance, and reaching for the stars."
‑ Kam Williams, Upstage Magazine
"Amid the mawkish mess rests a genuinely touching love story between two people who are considered outcasts by mainstream society. Too bad they're not the stars of the movie."
‑ Ethan Alter, Premiere Magazine
"For all its bright-hued nostalgia (the cricket greens are practically incandescent), Wondrous Oblivion edges up to hard truths, most powerfully expressed in Lindo's towering performance."
‑ Sam Adams, Los Angeles Times
"The film feels like the Cliffs Notes version of what might have been a much longer and certainly more satisfying story."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"Evocative, beautifully photographed and skillfully directed."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"...Thanks to solid performances and very nice cinematography, it hits, if not a home run, at least a solid double (or the British equivalent)."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"It's sweet-as-pie, nicely acted and boasts a marvelous vintage ska-reggae-calypso soundtrack featuring some of the best, bounciest songs of the era, including 'Sugar Dandy,' 'Rudi, A Message to You' and of course, Millie Small's 'My Boy Lollipop.'"
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"You don't have to know anything about the sport of cricket to be charmed by Wondrous Oblivion, a British film that is finally getting a well-deserved theatrical release after opening the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival in 2004."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"It loses direction, turning contrived and sentimental."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"David's favorite exclamation is "wondrous!" %u2014 which happens to be a fitting description for the talents of writer/director Paul Morrison."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"A family film with a difference, Wondrous Oblivion displays real bite as it incisively tackles such adult subjects as racism, anti-Semitism, adultery and the plight of immigrants in an intolerant land."
‑ Shlomo Schwartzberg, Boxoffice Magazine
"A small and intimate English film about playing cricket, coming of age, and the respect for diversity that seems so hard to learn."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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