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Whatever Works

whateverworksMisanthropic New Yorker Boris Yellnikoff (Larry David) reluctantly agrees to let a runaway Mississippi girl (Evan Rachel Wood) stay in his apartment and a complicated relationship evolves. After arguing his way through six seasons of Curb Your Enthusiasm, it was easy to get enthusiastic about David taking his TV alter ego to Woody Allen’s world. He’s amusing as the annoyingly opinionated Boris, but the movie wouldn’t work without its strong supporting cast, including Patricia Clarkson and Ed Begley, Jr. as Wood’s folks. The story is slight but charming… and Boris turns out to be right about “whatever works” when it comes to love.

2009-U.S. 92 min. Color. Written and directed by Woody Allen. Cast: Larry David (Boris Yellnikoff), Evan Rachel Wood (Melodie St. Ann Celestine), Patricia Clarkson (Marietta), Ed Begley, Jr., Michael McKean, Conleth Hill.

Trivia: The script was originally written in the 1970s for Zero Mostel.

Quote: “My father committed suicide because the morning newspapers depressed him. And could you blame him? With the horror, and corruption, and ignorance, and poverty, and genocide, and AIDS, and global warming, and terrorism, and-and the family value morons, and the gun morons. ‘The horror,’ Kurtz said at the end of ‘Heart of Darkness’, ‘the horror.’ Lucky Kurtz didn’t have the Times delivered in the jungle. Ugh… then he’d see some horror.” (David)



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