Whatever Works (2009)

Runtime 92m

Released June 19, 2009

Languages Italian, English

Genres Comedy, Romance

Rating PG-13

Whatever Works (2009)
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."
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Another one from Woody Allen, good but certainly not one of his best.

In Whatever Works we follow the story of a middle age man called Boris Yellnikoff. A grumpy and sometimes annoying guy that entitles himself as a genius. Some of his ideas about the world are definitely different from other people and he is basically against everything and everybody. One day fate put Melody Saint Anne Celestine, a girl from Mississipi into his life. She is doesn't have any kind of cultural intelect and is the absolute opposite of Boris, so she is the kind of people Boris can't stand, well but he always thinks he is the only bright human being on planet. Her sweetness ultimately enchants him and they start a very peculiar relationship.

Larry Davis is hilarious as Boris Yellnikoff, his performance is the best thing of the film. Her monologues are amazing and he will make you laugh often with his grumpy style. Evan Rachel Wood is adorable as Melody and I also would like to mention Patricia Clarkson, always lovely to see her act.

This is above all a lovely little film about the search for happiness. As I already said, not one of Woody's greatest but definitely worth to watch.
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