Whatever Works

Whatever Works

DVD - 2009
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When a sarcastic and bitter middle-aged New York man meets a young woman who has run away from her home in the South, and lets her stay with him, he discovers that he can still find happiness in his life.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, c2009
ISBN: 9781435974708
Branch Call Number: WHA
Characteristics: 1 dvd (92 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 cm


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Apr 08, 2017

One of the worst movies I've ever seen.

Jan 19, 2017

I did not make it past David's opening rant - awful

May 30, 2016

I feel bad even posting this, I don't like writing Woody Allen off.. But laughably bad in places. But Larry David, oh man. I was shocked by how awkward his acting was. The opening monologue was the best part, and even that..

Nov 01, 2015

I enjoyed this film, and I sensed a lot of Woody Allen in it as well. I've watched a few Allen films now and have a good sense of who he is. But somehow, this film continues to hold my attention. It seems to be a mark of a good storyteller. Solid performances throughout and quirkiness endures as interesting. The dialogue, in a few places, can be a little coarse for my taste. Still, my favorite Allen film continues to be the magical 'Midnight in Paris.'

Gary Geiserman
Jan 22, 2015

More Woody (who I totally love, btw). Still juggling between intellectualism and disdain for the status quo American dumbness-fetish. Too bad he can't make the jump to alternatives. Intellectualism is just the old-school Euro-ruling-class elitist 'bag of knowledge' bias. Academia is just a rehash/derivative of that stuff. True, knowing the foundation of reason is mandatory and sorely missing from virtually all Americans, but the hubris it is used by twists this so much it is like the science it serves--imprisoning. I love it when Woody is intelligent but it seems he can't get into the Boomer revolution on intel, probably because of his generation. So, for me, it's a bummer to get started w/Woody and then have him veer away from mental challenges he and we would naturally love to go to. >>>>> Then, of course, is his defence of one of his unconventionalities—age appropriate relationships. Having Larry David switch to an older woman because of love is both a re-affirmation of what he in real life has probably felt all along, and an ironic put-down of what would appear to be himself. He’s both thumbing his nose at jerky critics and agreeing w/them at the same time. >>>>> Woody is a very smart man struggling to appease audiences who demand stupidity. Or is he one-upping critics by agreeing with general wisdom yet declaring freedom from it to be unique?

Sep 08, 2014

I'm normally a big fan of Woody Allen films, but I did not enjoy this one. There were no laugh-out-loud moments, just a few mildly amusing exchanges between characters. I thought the main character was overdone and far too dominant to the story. I note that some reviewers really liked the acting, and I can agree only in the sense that they did the best they could with an inane script and lacklustre, formulaic story. Perhaps the message, if there was one, has to do with tolerance and being true and honest with oneself, but there are far better films than this out there to deliver the goods. There are far better Woody Allen films, too

Malarie Jun 02, 2014

Could take or leave it. Think Woody Allen should have portrayed the main character.

madison382 Jun 01, 2014

Really good acting.

Oct 28, 2012

This movie was great! Very funny, uplifting and colorful. A 10 out of 10.

Jul 09, 2012

Although not one of my favourite Allen films, I enjoyed it. It was believably inane and the acting was superb!

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May 11, 2011

Boris Yellnikoff: That's why I can't say enough times, whatever love you can get and give, whatever happiness you can filch or provide, every temporary measure of grace, whatever works.

May 11, 2011

Melodie St. Ann Celestine: All I know is that nothing moves faster than the speed of light, so you may as well relax.

May 11, 2011

Marietta: How'd he get that limp?
Melodie St. Ann Celestine: He jumped out the window and his suicide didn't work.
Marietta: You can't win 'em all.

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May 11, 2011

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May 11, 2011

Attempting to impress his ideologies on religion, relationships, and the randomness (and worthlessness) of existence, lifelong New York resident Boris Yellnikoff rants to anyone who will listen, including the audience. But when he begrudgingly allows naive Mississippi runaway Melodie St. Ann Celestine to live in his apartment, his reclusive rages give way to an unlikely friendship and Boris begins to mold the impressionable young girl's worldly views to match his own. When it comes to love, "whatever works" is his motto, but his already perplexed life complicates itself further when Melodie's parents eventually track her down.


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May 11, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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