• Whatever Works (2009)

Whatever Works

Release Date: June 19th, 2009

DVD Release Date: October 27th, 2009

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

Production Co: Gravier Productions, Wild Bunch, Perdido Productions

Keywords: Mother, 2000s, Father, Transformation, Endearing, Marriage, New York City, Engaging, Hospital, Family, Love, Relationships, Hilarious

Ratings & Reviews

  • 40
    Slate

    Most disheartening of all is that, after shooting four films in a row abroad, Allen seems to have lost his feel for New York locations. show more

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Yellnikoff, played with perfect pitch by Larry David. show more

  • 60
    Frank ScheckThe Hollywood Reporter

    Features enough genuine laughs to give it decent commercial traction. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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