Pretty self-explanatory. I want to collect all of the movies that deal with relationships falling apart/ending. I'm also interested in…
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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."
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.
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…
Allen's greatest late-era crime is probably his willingness to let his supporting characters wobble around as flimsy cardboard cutouts. Everybody hated Rachel McAdams in MIDNIGHT IN PARIS for her cartoonish family and the same could be said for the parents of Evan Rachel Wood, who like the wife's family in PARIS are neo-conservative types that Woody wants to mock, but does so with the finesse of a teenage Reddit user. Woody sees the world through his eyes to such a degree that attempting any other perspective is almost impossible for him, so lately, he hasn't even been trying. That shallowness (or laziness) is also felt in Larry David's character, Boris, and is the fatal flaw of the film. Many scenes…
As I am a big fan of Larry David and especially Curb, it is no surprise that I enjoyed 'Whatever Works' as it's basically a feature-length Curb episode.
While it isn't autobiographical, Larry David still essentially plays himself, offering his unique and cynical world view, which should be reason enough to watch this film.
Overall it was pretty, pretty good.
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I enjoy Patricia Clarkson in everything that I've ever seen her in. Although she is not the central character in Whatever Works she, to me is the most memorable. Her character goes through a change in the middle of the film and she becomes much more of a Patricia Clarkson-y character.
I just love how this film, almost ironically all wraps up neatly in the end. This is very different from the style of the other Woody Allen films that I've seen (not that many), and I really thought that that was the funniest part of the film.
Lección de vida de Larry David.
"The horror," Kurtz said at the end of Heart of Darkness, "the horror." Lucky Kurtz didn't have the Times delivered in the jungle. Ugh... then he'd see some horror. But what do you do? You read about some massacre in Darfur or some school bus gets blown up, and you go "Oh my God, the horror," and then you turn the page and finish your eggs from the free range chickens"
This is another of Woody Allen's late work that i hadn't seen yet and now finally saw it. I'm a huge fan of the man, i have seen most of his earlier pictures but my lack of knowledge when it came to his filmography resides in the films…
Larry David is pretty great at being Woody Allen, except he doesn't pace as much because his character in this movie has a limp.
Boris Yelnikoff (Larry David) is een schaakleraar en een zelfbenoemd genie. Hij snauwt vrijwel iedereen die hij tegenkomt af, omdat hun intellect niet bij het zijne in de buurt komt. Op een avond komt hij de jonge Melanie (Evan Rachel Wood) tegen, die voor de trap naar Boris’ appartement tussen het vuilnis ligt. Aanvankelijk heeft hij zoiets van 'oprotten, zwerver', maar ze dringt zichzelf op en uiteindelijk mag ze een nachtje doorbrengen op zijn bank.
Melanie krijgt het voor elkaar om bij Boris in te trekken en raakt verliefd op hem. Natuurlijk is het allemaal niet zo simpel: het is een Woody Allen film. Dus op een gegeven moment staat Melanies moeder Marietta (Patricia Clarkson) op de stoep. Zij is…
Bubble of sadness
Con total sinceridad digo que la vi con toda la intención de odiarla, y durante los primeros 25 minutos parecía que para allá iba, ya que Allen le escribe a Larry David una de las versiones más irritantes del propio Allen. Pero la película fluye poco a poco al grado de que -lo aceptó- quedé fascinado con la historia, claro que bastante "pobre", por ponerlo así, a comparación de otros trabajos de Woody. Pero en general, bien.
Not great, but enjoyable. Much better once Patricia Clarkson enters the picture.
For a movie written and directed by Woody Allen and starring Larry David, this should and could have been a lot funnier.
A large part of this falls on the film's script, which, while amusing at times, especially considering I agree with Allen's philosophy, is overly bitter and cynical to the point that David's extended monologues of the material really does start to wear the audience down. The story itself is also among Allen's less interesting.
Despite some amusing moments and on-the-nose comments about the true essence of life, the film, as a whole, is a missed opportunity.
- 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