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Whatever Works

Posted by the editors on Thursday, 10 November 2011

Whatever Works (2009)(DVD)  Directed by Woody Allen (Take the Money and Run (1069), Sleeper (1973), Annie Hall (1977), Radio Days (1987), Everyone Says I Love You (1996), Match Point (2005), Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)), starring Larry David, Evan Rachel Wood (King of California (2007), Patricia Clarkson (The Untouchables (1987), The Pledge (2001), Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008), Shutter Island (2010)) and others.  This comedy could be called “old-school” Woody Allen in that Allen says he wrote it in the 1970s, which one would hardly doubt, and in the very strong impression one has is that the main character, played by Larry David, seems so very autobiographical, which, for some reason, Allen denies; sixty-something year old, Jewish intellectual New Yorker marries a 21-year old, from, shall we say, another culture.  Rachel Evan Wood is quite good, as the 21-year old Melodie, and rather amusing, Patricia Clarkson, as her mother, is also good.  Nevertheless, and perhaps due to it having been written in the ’70s and being a particular product of the era, Whatever Works is rather flat, rather boring and rather formulaic, despite some very funny lines now and again. (PR)

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