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

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: 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.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002LMV7QG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,713 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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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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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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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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I am already a fan of Woody Allen's films, so was hoping that I would like this film and I wasn't disappointed. Larry David filled Woody's shoes very well in the role of Boris. The script was, as usual verbose, funny and thoughtful. It was hard to disagree with much that came out of Boris' mouth and like another reviewer said, if you watch it again you find bits that you didn't notice first time round. I've watched it twice now and would happily watch it again and again. Probably also more suited to the 40 plus age group who can emphathise a bit more with Boris' points of view.
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By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER on 18 Jun. 2012
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Once again Woody Allen pulls off a superbly entertaining caper, even though it starts out less promisingly than some. The visual aspect of the film is perhaps a bit lacking, as the look of the main character's flat is decidedly down-at-heel and furthermore a bit stagey. Larry David gets the right mixture of abrasiveness and vulnerability in the central role, and Evan Rachel Wood does well in an impossible role, because it beggars belief, really, that these two characters could end up marrying ... However Allen passes fairly quickly over this and things move into a higher gear once her mother appears on the scene. Patricia Clarkson is always fantastic and here she is certainly the funniest character, brilliantly observed before (and after) New York starts to affect her. Boris's caustic temperament is also at its most hilarious in their exchanges. The film also has some laugh-out-loud moments that are verbally as brilliant as anything from his pen, and by the end you feel he has brought it off with his customary flair, if not perhaps the genius of his greatest films.

It's also the first film of his where gay men have featured at all, and is further gay-friendly in the form of the young suitor who makes his play for the young ingenue, who is possibly the sexiest male character to appear in a Woody Allen film to date ... well, there have been Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Xavier Bardem too, and then Ewan McGregor and Colin Farrell, all since 2005 ... but no hint of male gayness in the films to play off against them as here (there is a lesbian theme in Vicky Cristina Barcelona, but it seems to be more in the male projection mode, really).
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I am no Woody sycophant so I can be scathing about some of my favourite director's films; Celebrity, Hollywood Ending and Cassandra's Dream immediately coming to mind. I also understand that Woody is well past his prime so I get incredibly nervous when I see a new film of his.

Despite it's flaws; this is a delight from start to finish. another of Allen's subtle, easy-going romantic comedies with a good dose of philosophy added; a type of film which he can write in his sleep.

This time pessimistic Larry David invites naive Evan Rachel Wood to stay after she arrives in New York from the south. She takes on his world view that life is pointless but eventually realises that even if this is so you may as well be part of life and not withdraw from it; whatever works to make you happy is the simple message of the film.

David may be the lead but it is Wood's quirky hicksville comes to big city character that steals the film. The arrival of her parents save it; Woody switching his hatred of the east coast to the south; basically saying that all southerners are sexually repressed!

However I did find Larry David's character a little unrealistic (uhum Woody would have done so much better 15 years ago) while I couldn't really understand Wood's later attraction to the smug Cavill!

Some may see it as a contrived storyline to push the philosophy of the film which while on the one hand is true this shouldn't be seen as a negative.

A delight but nothing special.
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