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…
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.
The A-story here is perfectly awful - the moldy jokes are already hopeless, but they're only made worse by David's abrasive mugging and Wood's one-note accent butcher show, and their May-December romance lacks any emotional truth or basic coherence. But the movie achieves quasi-adequacy thanks to the B-story in which Wood's parents (Patricia Clarkson and Ed Begley, Jr) experience sexual liberation upon their arrival in New York, a scenario in which cheap shots eventually and surprisingly give way to a modicum of tenderness and good cheer. The most indifferently directed movie Allen's ever made (there's some lengthy static medium-long shots that feel like they've been transposed directly from some interminable poverty row production made in the golden days of PRC),…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I somehow got suckered into watching “Whatever Works" which was just the most terrible, horrible movie imaginable. So utterly horrific. When the lead character breaks the 4th wall 2 minutes into the film and then continues talking to the camera in soliloquy for the next five minutes, you should RUN AWAY. I didn’t, and stupidly continued watching, but only because Larry David was playing that lead character. Yet even he couldn’t save this monstrosity.
From it’s navel gazing writing to it’s completely outlandish plot (Spoilers! Beware!): the gruff, much older Boris (David) happens upon, and is begrudgingly made to fall in love with the young, Mississippi transplant beauty queen who he stumbles upon one night sleeping in a box outside…
"Todas las mujeres son difíciles, ya sean machos o hembras" No es de las películas más aclamadas y valoradas de Woody Allen, pero a mí me ha encantado principalmente por una razón: el guión. Los diálogos son certeros, graciosos, críticos, con frases para el recuerdo. Genial, genial.
Oh Woody, what have you done... I love most of his work, but sometimes he makes these awful movies, I had a hard time finishing this one.
It's about a nagging, neurotic bitter man who marries a very young and very dumb girl. The acting is terrible, the characters are annoying, the plot is just stupid and everyone is just nagging, nagging, nagging.
Just that plain regular Woody Allen movie that we all like.
A depressed, atheist, groucho marxsist, paranoid return to Woody's roots.
NOTHING. ZERO. ZILCH.
DVD. I wanted to like this so much, but aside from some classic Allen zingers nearly all of it falls flat. Reading Larry David's interviews about the film are better than the film itself.
- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
- The Break-Up
- Celeste & Jesse Forever
- Breaking Upwards
- 12 Angry Men
- Apocalypse Now
- As Good as It Gets
- Battle Royale
- Being There
Movie titles that best sum up the state of play in the boudoir, be it a comment on current/recent trends…
- Annie Hall
- Crimes and Misdemeanors
- Hannah and Her Sisters
- The Purple Rose of Cairo