Dear Mr. Wonderful

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"One man's dream... is another man's nightmare!"
  • R
  • 1982
  • 1 hr 40 min
  • 4.5  (299)

Dear Mr. Wonderful is a 1982 crime-drama directed by Peter Lilienthal, starring Joe Pesci, Karen Ludwig, and Frank Vincent. The film follows the story of Ruby Dennis (Pesci), a small-time lounge singer who suffers from various personal and financial problems. He lives with his girlfriend, Sharon (Ludwig), in a rundown apartment in New Jersey, where he is constantly getting into arguments with his tough-guy neighbor, Mike (Vincent). Ruby has big dreams of making it big in the entertainment industry, but his lack of talent and connections leave him stuck singing in dingy bars and clubs.

One day, Ruby is approached by a mysterious man named Mr. Wonderful (Dominic Chianese), who offers to help him achieve his dreams in exchange for a favor. Mr. Wonderful tasks Ruby with delivering a package to a shady character named Vincent (Michael DeLorenzo) in New York City. Ruby accepts the deal in hopes of finally making it big, but quickly finds himself in over his head when he realizes the contents of the package are drugs.

As Ruby struggles to navigate the dangerous world of drug trafficking, he also must deal with his strained relationship with Sharon and his ongoing feud with Mike. With his life spiraling out of control, Ruby begins to question whether his dreams of becoming a star are worth the price he is paying.

The performances in Dear Mr. Wonderful are strong across the board, with Pesci delivering a standout turn as the desperate and conflicted Ruby. Ludwig also shines as Ruby's loyal but frustrated girlfriend, while Vincent brings a menacing presence to his role as the antagonizing neighbor.

The film's gritty, low-budget aesthetic effectively captures the seedy atmosphere of its setting, with Lilienthal utilizing handheld cameras and natural lighting to create a sense of authenticity. The script, written by Lilienthal and Richard Einstein, balances drama and humor well, making for an engaging and entertaining viewing experience.

Overall, Dear Mr. Wonderful is a compelling crime-drama that offers a nuanced portrayal of its flawed and complex characters. While it may not be as well-known as some of Pesci's other films, it's definitely worth checking out for fans of the actor and the genre.

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    4.5  (299)