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…
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.
One of Woody's better straightforward comedies of recent years, with the exception of Anything Else it may be the funniest film he's made since the early nineties. It's a thin work to be sure, but there's a lot to cherish in seeing Larry David yelling at a child over a chessboard.
Mais um filme que está de acordo com a minha teoria de que Woody Allen não deve ser avaliado com os mesmos parâmetros usados ao assistirmos a outros filmes.
Suas reflexões são essenciais para seu público e inúteis para outros e assim continuamos a vida. Espero que a minha ainda tenha muito Woody Allen pela frente.
Considering the cynical, critical and self-analytical “Larry David” in Curb Your Enthusiasm, it is no surprise that he plays the “Woody Allen” character in Whatever Works. Boris (Larry David) is a chess teacher and former professor. Despite his hyper-critical nature, he becomes the crush of Melodie (Evan Rachel Wood) – a 21 year-old runaway Boris finds on his doorstep. Though Allen turns to tried-and-tested narrative techniques (Boris talks to us directly throughout), it feels like a wannabe-Woody film, rather than actually by the New Yorker who directed Manhattan and Annie Hall. It feels dated and doesn’t seem to say anything that we haven’t heard before – and Allen claims the script was written in the 1970’s. Indeed, the characters are simplistic - Deep South folk are repressed; the religious Father is, in fact, gay, etc. Hey, I look forward to the new Woody Allen - but in 2010, we expected much more.
Unequivocally the worst movie I have ever seen.
A veces la solución a los problemas de tu vida puede caer de la ventana.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
- 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