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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Easily one of the loosest, most satisfying comedies to hail from the prolific writer/director in a while. show more

  • 60
    Frank ScheckThe Hollywood Reporter

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

  • 30
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    The movie on the whole is joyless. Whatever Works doesn’t. show more

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