Pretty self-explanatory. I want to collect all of the movies that deal with relationships falling apart/ending. I'm also interested in…
A new comedy
Whatever Works explores the relationship between a crotchety misanthrope, Boris and a naïve, impressionable young runaway from the south, Melody. When Melody's uptight parents arrive in New York to rescue her, they are quickly drawn into wildly unexpected romantic entanglements. Everyone discovers that finding love is just a combination of lucky chance and appreciating the value of "whatever works."
Woody Allen is back in New York City with a comedy which is reminiscent of the old days where Larry David stars as an eccentric misanthrope and Evan Rachel Wood stars as a naive and impressionable young runaway, two very different people who end up falling in love. When Melody's tense and irritable parents arrive to save her, they are quickly caught in unexpected romantic events that take them out of their world. Everyone will discover that finding true love comes down to a combination of luck and appreciating the Whatever Works value.
Whatever Works is Woody Allen's experience of putting his old and glorious formula into practice, where the main character is the typical neurotic old man who hates…
Performances : 7.8/10
Story : 7.5/10
Production : 7.5/10
Overall : 7.6/10
When discussing Woody Allen and the films that he has made and starred in over the years, I have never heard Whatever Works mentioned. That's a real shame because I really thought this movie was one of Woody Allen's best films as a director. The story might not be the best and while the performances were great they weren't the best. His camera work though was wonderful and the set pieces were great.
Larry David is certainly one of those actors who you either love or hate. Personally I love him. Seinfeld is, in my opinion, one of the greatest shows ever made and I loved Curb Your…
Years ago I read Woody Allen's book Woody Allen On Woody Allen in which the director speaks candidly about his filmography and approach to filmmaking. Somewhere in the book, and I have tried to find a link online in support, he mentions that African-Americans are never central to his stories because he basically writes about what he knows and what he sees, and to be honest, growing up as he did he was not afforded the benefit of exposure to that culture, and some other cultures as well. With Whatever Works we get to see the results of not adhering to that philosophy.
Whatever Works is bargain basement, tossed-off, bottom-feeder Woody Allen, mired in cliches to the point of being…
The first hour of this movie is some of the funniest Woody Allen I have seen since Annie Hall. The pairing of Allen and Larry David felt like a perfect match, the conceit of putting an aging misanthropic genius with a young southern belle airhead, also a perfect match, the dialogue bristled and just kept coming, and I laughed loudly repeatedly. And then somewhere around the time of the transformation of the mother-in-law, it all came to a swift halt. The third act feels like something hastily written on the toilet, with criminally less David, and an overabundance of the less-interesting secondary characters. Once again, if there was just a little more time between projects, a little more attention to the job at hand, Whatever Works could have been one of Allen's great comedies. Alas, it is once again quantity over quality with Woody Allen inc.
The moral of this movie is basically "Do whatever makes you happy, unless your'e conservative or religious, in that case you're fucking dumb." For the record I'm am neither conservative or religious, I just find mean-spirited prejudice to be awful no matter what viewpoint it is coming from. Also the probable reason Larry David plays the main character instead of Woody Allen is because Allen didn't want people to realize he's what a creep he is.
Another one from Woody Allen, good but certainly not one of his best.
In Whatever Works we follow the story of a middle age man called Boris Yellnikoff. A grumpy and sometimes annoying guy that entitles himself as a genius. Some of his ideas about the world are definitely different from other people and he is basically against everything and everybody. One day fate put Melody Saint Anne Celestine, a girl from Mississipi into his life. She is doesn't have any kind of cultural intelect and is the absolute opposite of Boris, so she is the kind of people Boris can't stand, well but he always thinks he is the only bright human being on planet. Her sweetness ultimately enchants…
This is a plump, fast, relatively low budget Woody Allen feauture, and -no pun intended-it definetely works. OK, sure, if you see it (as I did) after three consecutive other films by the neurotic director, its hollow and repetitive and not that trascendental. But the Jazz swings in at the right time, the dialogue is funny, and the Audience doesnt lack Woody Allen, because clearly he paid Larry David to be Woody Allen. The movie has its slow downs, but what was really cool about it was the stage atmosphere. That was cool. I repeat, it worked-thats not the same as saying "It convinced".
I would be more forgiving to this if the second half didn't grind to a halt when Patricia Clarkson and Ed Begley Jr. show up to be converted from red-state dumbfucks to enlightened, liberated New Yorkers. It's hackneyed, but mostly just unfunny (I liked that Christopher Evan Welch's character was named Howard Cummings, possibly after the regular production designer for Steven Soderbergh, but that's about it). Before that, it was fun, if not particularly funny to see Larry David do his thing, and he and Evan Rachel Wood have a nice camaraderie that makes their scenes enjoyable to watch, and after that, I liked that the film repurposes its title and recurring motto as less of a shrug than a…
Woody Allen wrote the screenplay for this one ages (well – decades) ago – well in any case, he wrote it specifically for Zero Mostel ("The Front", "The Producers"). When the screenwriters were on strike, Woody was happy to use this old screenplay (that was shelfed after Mostel's death) – and to an extent, it shows that what was certainly a pretty cutting edge script back then now to an extent seems oddly dated, even though Woody updated some of the jokes and stuff. Now the story of the genius Boris Yellnikoff who meets a "sub-mental baton twirler" from the South and in the end ends up marrying her may not be very original (Woody obviously likes writing scrips about…
Da lo que promete y un poco más. No soy fan de Woody Allen pero esta película toca todos los botones adecuados. Larry David en los primeros 5 minutos ya ha hecho todo su trabajo.
Another minor Allen.
uno dei pochi film decenti di Woody Allen dopo gli anni Ottanta.
Nota = 7,5
Wow, this is sooo bad, really bad, much more awful of what you think. I can't still believe how bad this is. That's all, now I'll try to forget this movie and I'll pretend I never watched it.
Larry David encarna uma das versões mais ácidas do Woody Allen, num dos filmes dirigidos por ele que mais me fez rir, com o bônus da atuação da lindíssima Evan Rachel Wood ...
"Sometimes a cliché is finally the best way to make one's point."
Movie titles that best sum up the state of play in the boudoir, be it a comment on current/recent trends…