Whatever Works (2009)
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This is fun, but it turns Boris's doomsday neurotic rants into mere cartoon caterwauling. Levant, who never got a happy ending, would no doubt sneer.
Woody Allen is always exploring new avenues. While Whatever Works isn't close to his best films, it is far better than most of the current crop of romantic comedies, most of which are schlock.
For all its wobbles, Whatever Works is rooted in an agreeable sensibility: life favours fate over luck more than we'd like to think, so grab whatever chances of happiness come your way.
After the fiercely enjoyable Vicky Christina Barcelona, this return to New York City is a letdown, though not without a few charms.
Audience Reviews for Whatever Works
Larry David may not be the best choice for the role of Woody Allen's alter-ego, but the film's script, written in the 1970s, is a refreshing return to the first half of Allen's career and to his beloved New York after the movies he made in London and Spain.
Hardly Woody at his best. Larry David is annoying almost beyond endurance.
This film teaters on the fine line between interesting and strange. I may have a different outlook on this movie than other because I am a huge fan of Larry David, but overall the movie was just okay. It is a decent watch if you are in a cynical mood, but I wouldn't recommend going out of your way to see it. It has a few moments of intrigue and humor, but it is hardly worth anyone's time.
Whatever Works Quotes
|Boris Yellnikoff:||See, I'm the only one who sees the whole picture. That's what they mean by genius.|
|Boris Yellnikoff:||On paper we're ideal, but life isn't on paper.|
|Howard:||Oh Lord, forgive me for I have committed the sin of self indulgence|
|Boris Yellnikoff:||Why do all the religious fanatics end up praying on my door step?|
|Boris Yellnikoff:||Clutching his heart, complaining as usual from a night sweat panic induced attack, he gripes to Melody as she is trying to find a soothing TV channel, "I have SEEN THE ABYSS!"|
|Boris Yellnikoff:||[clutching his heart, complaining as usual from a night sweat panic induced attack, he gripes to Melody as she is trying to find a soothing TV channel] I have SEEN THE ABYSS!|
|Melody:||Well, that's alright, darlin, we can watch somethin' else!|