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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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  • July 21, 2009 robert v. boos
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    Loved the movie. After seeing some of the latest in the movies, i.e. (Bruno) which I walked out of the theatre, Larry David was great and the Woody Allen touch was there.

  • July 20, 2009 LYankowitz
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    Classic Woody Allen, featuring some great writing and an impressive performance by Rachel Evan Ward. I was disappointed in the cinematography - what was shot was fine - I now the Chinatown street that the main character lives on and true to form it looks a lot better through Woody Allens' lens - but the views of New York, inside and out, were just too few. This film had a forced quality that I think was deliberate - but somehow didn't work for me. I wouldn't recommend it as a first Woody Allen film or for non WA fans - otherwise, go enjoy, it's worth it as long as your expectations are in the fair-to-middlin' range.

  • July 19, 2009 Denyc1
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    One word to describe the movie "Genius". If your attention spam is beyond mindless car chases, predictable fight scenes and redundant plots. It you enjoy brilliant banter, hilarious situations and wonderful acting it is a must see. Woody has done it again.

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