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…
Larry David makes an excellent alter ego for Woody Allen in this dark and funny comedy. With shades of Annie Hall (David's character breaks the fourth wall) you get the feeling Woody is reaching back into the past. Not a bad thing. Along with Mr. David, Patricia Clarkson shines in her role as a woman who finds real self once free of her Southern past.
Watched yesterday, a little masterwork.
Boris, his way of thinking, Melody, her cute dumbness, their points of view, the contradictions suffered by a lot of characters, their new visions, the grace they have... I really hated all of... err, I realy loved them.
Allen has tried to transmit ideas that I liked a lot, but fortunately, or not, they are only reflected in words. Images, or even a powerful sequence, hardly could produce an accurate representation of the human ignorance and its contradictory nature.
But, anyway, this story isn't a mere example more of optimism, because some people could find this movie meaningful. And how.
No puedo evitar apreciar el esfuerzo que Woody Allen puso en este guion tratando de aproximarse a su obra cumbre (IMHO) 'Annie Hall' con unos diálogos divertidos, ácidos, críticos y muy bien elegidos y volviendo a romper la cuarta pared. Sobra decir que Larry David como un "Alvy Singer" entrado en años es un acierto total de casting.
Puede que no sea la mejor película del neoyorkino, pero tiene una esencia tan nostálgica de su cine de los 70 que el disfrute de la película está casi asegurado para los fans, al contrario que sus últimos trabajos.
As a huge fan of Curb and Seinfeld I am excited to see any new Larry David I can. This movie delivered a more pessimistic and angry David than we are used to but he still has his killer sense of timing and those insanely funny facial expressions. More than a Woody Allen directed Curb episode the movie deals with love and acceptance all narrated by the crotchety lead. Fun to watch albeit a bit light, theres something very fascinating about watching two creative masters work together.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
진짜 내용없고 잔잔한데 지루하지가 않아! 연출에서의 독특함이었다면 주인공이 영화관객을 인지하고 우리와 눈을 맞추며 대화하는거? 뭐 내용은 서로 정반대인 사람들이 결국에는 제일 잘 맞는 사람들이 되고 짝을 이루는데 주인공은 계속 될대로 되라지 whatever work!이러는거 그냥 좀 비현실적이고 마냥 비꼬는것만 같고 그냥 그랬던 영화
Tennis camp, movie director camp, they should have a concentration camp! Two weeks mandatory for all kids growing up so they would finally understand what the human race is capable of.
A runaway girl gets involved with an old reclusive misanthropist after she asks him to stay in his apartment for one night.
Woody Allen and Larry David join forces in the movie you never realized you wanted to happen. Why didn't I think about this before? It's a dream team. It's almost like they are the same person.
I've been thinking how to defend this movie properly for some time as it has a lot of detractors and I'm giving it a high rating, but I can't say…
More a 7.7/10
Full disclosure: this film will always hold a special place in my memory for being one of - if not perhaps the first - film I went to see on my own and found myself the only person in the theater. Having worked at multiple movie theaters since then, I've seen plenty of films where I was the only audience member, but Whatever Works may be the first time I found myself completely alone in the dark, save for a projectionist who was likely absent after the opening titles.
That said, Whatever Works isn't Woody at his heights. At times this does feel like an older script with some of the dust blown off, yet David really…
Immediately after this entry and the Clear History one is where you're going to see some tapering off on my watched calendar. All the blame has to go to Larry David, because I got in the Curb Your Enthusiasm mood, and big time, from watching these two movies.
I finished all 8 seasons from the 10th to the 27th. It's one of the absolute treasures of the world, and one of the only television series I have ever thought about revisiting again and again.
one of the worst movies I've seen. Terrible script with zero reality.
At times there were just mouths full of words that no one would ever actually put together.
Really? Homeless beauty pageant queen?
Really? Southerners are completely backwards and baffled by concepts like homosexuality?
Really? You think it's a good move to have the main character limp for the entire movie and constantly break the fourth wall?
Terrible acting (loved Seinfeld and I wondered why Larry David was just a writer and not an actor on that show. Now I know.)
There was one legitimately funny moment - he washes his hands, walks through the apartment and jumps right out the window to commit suicide. I didn't see that one coming & got a chuckle out of it. I don't mind spoiling it, because no one should ever see this movie.
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