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Whatever Works [Blu-ray] [2009] [US Import]

Evan Rachel Wood , Larry David , Woody Allen    Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Evan Rachel Wood, Larry David, Henry Cavill, Adam Brooks, Lyle Kanouse
  • Directors: Woody Allen
  • Writers: Woody Allen
  • Producers: Brahim Chioua, Charles H. Joffe, Helen Robin, Jack Rollins, Letty Aronson
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Oct 2009
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002LMV7QG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,893 in Film & TV (See Top 100 in Film & TV)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant 11 Dec 2010
Format:DVD
this is not everyone's cup of tea - the underlying philosophy of
futility with comfort is presented bluntly and unflinchingly. if you
resonate with the philosophy and the general tenor of woody Allen's
matured take on life, then it's a non-stop chuckle from start to
finish. despite the fundamentally bleak view of human life (and humanity) it still finds and retrieves a positive way out (as summarised in the title).

not sure why Allen offered the part to David instead of just doing it himself - in any event, both do their job brilliantly. very simply done, the craft is sharp and scintillating - a diamond. possibly helps if you're close to Allen's and David's current age bracket too.

as for negative comments in certain quarters about it being 'unnatural' - yes, it's art!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a delightful rite of passage... 7 Aug 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Having spent 55 years dreading the big Six-0, decided to be a big boy and embrace it with open arms. So, hired a cinema and cafe-bar for the evening and invited 50 or so friends and family to come and share my Desert Island Mystery Film... The title, 'Whatever Works' more or less sums up my philosophy and, if not the greatest movie ever made, it certainly proved a real delight with us all. Larry David is brilliant as Boris, hitting just the right balance between despair, misery, cynicism and the grudging generosity to give life another chance. One for the middle aged and older, methinks, probably wasted on the young.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Epigraph for Woody Allen : Whatever Works 24 July 2011
Format:DVD
This is vintage Woody Allen...and as the title of this review states; its Allens take on his own life, supremely delivered by Larry David. Yes, it's funny , especially the cynical monologues that are shot as first person narratives; Allen's bleak, clever, misanthropic take on humanity and our strange predilections, are truth serum for some and deal breakers for others.
As always with Woody Allen films there is the presence of an ingenue, fulfilled admirably by Evan Rachel Woods and which of course, parallels Allens' own penchant for much younger and sometimes inappropriate, women on his arm. In fact, though Allen takes a certain stance at self-parody with his alter-ego Boris, the script and its character's aren't nearly as colourful as the cast in Allens real life, however, they are certainly as self-absorbed and , shall we say; 'quirky'.
Although there are moments of very good writing and laughter, as a whole, the film lacks depth and feels as though it serves as a very long take and backdrop for the occasional clever quip by Boris.
The story lines for the peripheral characters are predictable and shallow , however the last summing -up monlologue to the audience is Allens' 'dans'l'existence; a Shakespearian-esque concoction of the haphazardous and fleeting ephoria of love and all that it represents, or is it just Allen excusing himself for all his messy affairs? You decide- like the title says: Whatever Works!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Watching a Suicidal Genius in New York. 6 Sep 2011
By j.r
Format:DVD
I'm a big Woody Allen fan and I always hope his new films are going to be as good as his classics and this one almost is. Whatever Works most closely resembles Manhatten, Mighty Aphrodite and Anything Else but is fast moving, funny and different enough to not really notice the similarities so much. Larry David is fantastic as an even more grumpy and depressed character than how he is in Curb Your Enthusiasm, but is still very likeable and entertaining throughout the movie. The rest of the cast are also very good especially Evan Rachel Wood, Patricia Clarkson and Ed Begley Junior. Michael Mckean is sadly underused but you do get some scenes with future Superman Henry Cavill.
Of Woody Allens more recent films I'd give Small Time Crooks 4 out of 5, Curse of the Jade Scorpion 4 out of 5, Anything Else 4 out of 5, Melinda and Melinda 3 out of 5, Matchpoint 3 out of 5, Scoop 4.5 out of 5, Cassandara's Dream 1 out of 5, Vicky Christina Barcelona 2 out of 5, and Whatever Works 4.2 out of 5.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 17 Dec 2010
Format:DVD
Quite simply amazing. A little gem of a film, the performance from David is perfect and the dry wit is irresistible.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whatever Works works! 12 Feb 2011
By Colin W
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is a real return to form by Woody Allen - his funniest film in some time. The development of the situation is slightly strained at times but Woody Allen exploits it all with a very amusing script. Excellently acted by the two principals, I would recommend this to any film fan regardless of whether you are an admirer of Woody Allen or not.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie works 27 Dec 2010
Format:DVD
This is classic Woody Allen with the extra bonuses of Larry David, Quantum mechanics and even a 'menage a trois'. For me, this is perfection.

Love it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOL 23 Nov 2010
By Beki
Format:DVD
I seriously enjoyed this film - it was definitely Laugh Out Loud Funny. It was the little things that made it. Once again it was fun to hang out with Woody Allen in a darkened room.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Pithy, witty and pure Allen
Larry David is a great match for Allen's brand of acerbic observation. In a story that often has David stepping out of his life to speak directly to camera, we see the tale of a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stephen Citynskyj
5.0 out of 5 stars FUNNY
WHAT A GREAT FILM BOUGHT IT FOR MY PARTNER,AS SHE LOVES WOODY ..AND IT IS ONE OF HER FAVORITES NOW.OPEN YOUR HEART AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS
Published 2 months ago by Mark MacLellan
5.0 out of 5 stars Top-notch Woody and Larry action
As a newcomer to Woody Allen's movies, I decided to start with an actor I knew - Larry David, of the superb Curb Your Enthusiasm and co-writer of the classic Seinfeld. Read more
Published 8 months ago by C. Moffatt
5.0 out of 5 stars Whatever works DVD
Brilliant film, even for those who are not necessarily a fan of Larry David. Some very unexpected moments; heartbreaking and funny at the same time.
Published 8 months ago by Elizabeth Byrne
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Started to reluctantly watch this film on holiday in South of France as it was the only channel in English, didn't think it was the sort of film I would like. Read more
Published 10 months ago by DAVID JOHN WILSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Entertaining
I really enjoyed this film. Very much a Woody Allen film. Well acted and engaging. I highly recommend this film.
Published 13 months ago by Laura Farmer
5.0 out of 5 stars funny, witty and with a good existential take on life
An incredibly well thought out film that confirmed a long held conviction of mine about what is really important about life. What is really important about life? Read more
Published 16 months ago by Marco Carnovale
5.0 out of 5 stars Woody back to his roots....
Woody Allen is certainly an acquired taste - as a younger man I loathed and detested his pathetic out-pourings and just wanted to yell at him to get a life! Read more
Published 20 months ago by Tim Kidner
3.0 out of 5 stars title shouldn't be taken literally
the film reminded me a lot about his earlier work which i first saw over 20 years ago.
so it has a nostalgia value.

but the title shouldn't be taken literally. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mr. R. Memon
1.0 out of 5 stars Whatever worked before
Firstly, cards on the table: I would consider myself a Woody Allen fan, as far as that goes. I have all his early/mid-period movies. Read more
Published 21 months ago by R ASPLIN
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