Whatever Works

This had been one of the last of Woody’s movies that I had not seen and if I am being truthful I can’t pretend that I saw the whole thing because I didn’t.  But what I did see…. wow.  In some ways this might be his worst movie.  At least with the abominations that are Rifkin’s Festival and Rainy Day in New York I felt like he was trying for something.  They both sucked unbelievably bad but at least there was an attempt to make a movie.  I think I would have had more respect for Allen if he stepped into the lead role and forced himself to recite the drudgery that he forced on Larry David.  Complaints about society had always been a charming part of Allen’s movies when we got them in small doses (and when they were legit).  To build a whole movie around a miserable person… well, it gets you this movie.

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Movie title: Whatever Works

Movie description: 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."

Date published: 2022-06-06

Director(s): Woody Allen

Actor(s): Larry David, Evan Rachel Wood, Michael McKean, Conleth Hill, Patricia Clarkson, Ed Begley Jr., Carolyn McCormick, Henry Cavill, John Gallagher Jr., Christopher Evan Welch, Adam Brooks, Lyle Kanouse, Clifford Lee Dickson, Yolonda Ross, Samantha Bee, Marcia DeBonis, Willa Cuthrell-Tuttleman, Nicole Patrick, Olek Krupa, Jessica Hecht, Lindsay Michelle Nader, Armand Schultz, Kristen Ruhlin, Julie Basem

Genre: Comedy, Romance

My Review

This had been one of the last of Woody’s movies that I had not seen and if I am being truthful I can’t pretend that I saw the whole thing because I didn’t.  But what I did see…. wow.  In some ways this might be his worst movie.  At least with the abominations that are Rifkin’s Festival and Rainy Day in New York I felt like he was trying for something.  They both sucked unbelievably bad but at least there was an attempt to make a movie.  I think I would have had more respect for Allen if he stepped into the lead role and forced himself to recite the drudgery that he forced on Larry David.  Complaints about society had always been a charming part of Allen’s movies when we got them in small doses (and when they were legit).  To build a whole movie around a miserable person… well, it gets you this movie.

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