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PG-13| 1 hr. 32 min.

Plot Summary
After a failed suicide attempt, brilliant New York misanthrope Boris Yellnikoff (Larry David) forsakes his posh upper-class existence for meager accommodations in Chinatown. He meets his exact opposite in Melody (Evan Rachel Wood), a pageant queen from the Deep South who's long on sweetness but short on smarts. Surprisingly, Boris and Melody marry, but the sparks really fly when Melody's born-again Christian mother (Patricia Clarkson) arrives and finds liberation instead of damnation.

Cast: Larry David , Evan Rachel Wood , Patricia Clarkson , Ed Begley Jr. , Michael McKean , Henry Cavill , John Gallagher Jr. , Jessica Hecht

Director: Woody Allen

Genres: Romantic comedy

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Whatever Works (2009)

Release Date: June 19th, 2009|1 hr. 32 min.

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    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Whatever Works feels like something out of time and, worse, out of step. Hell, Allen wrote the script back in the 1970s for Zero Mostel. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The result is Allen's weakest film in years. show more

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    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Woody, please: Go back to the European locales that so energized you of late. show more

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