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Whatever Works (2009)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 3 July 2009 (USA)
A middle-aged, misanthropic divorcée from New York City surprisingly enters a fulfilling, Pygmalion-type relationship with a much younger, unsophisticated Southern girl.

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Attempting to impress his ideologies on religion, relationships, and the randomness (and worthlessness) of existence, lifelong New York resident Boris Yellnikoff rants to anyone who will listen, including the audience. But when he begrudgingly allows naive Mississippi runaway Melodie St. Ann Celestine to live in his apartment, his reclusive rages give way to an unlikely friendship and Boris begins to mold the impressionable young girl's worldly views to match his own. When it comes to love, "whatever works" is his motto, but his already perplexed life complicates itself further when Melodie's parents eventually track her down. Written by The Massie Twins

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Rated PG-13 for sexual situations including dialogue, brief nude images and thematic material | See all certifications »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$266,162 (USA) (19 June 2009)

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$5,306,447 (USA) (30 October 2009)
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This is the only Woody Allen film between Match Point (2005) and To Rome with Love (2012) to be shot and set in New York City. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Boris is visiting the woman he accidentally injured, set in her hospital room, the boom mic is clearly visible on the left side of the screen. See more »

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Boris Yellnikoff: That's not what I'm saying, imbecile. You guys completely misrepresent my ideas, why would I even want to talk with those idiots.
Boris' Friend: Just calm down.
Boris' Friend: That's not true, Boris.
Boris Yellnikoff: No, don't tell me to calm down, I am calm. Just stop.
Boris' Friend: Don't jump on us just because we don't understand what you're saying.
Boris Yellnikoff: I didn't jump on you. It's not the idea behind Christianity I'm faulting, or Judaism, or any religion. It's the professionals who've made it into corporate business. There's big money in the ...
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Referenced in Woody Allen: A Documentary (2012) See more »

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Menina Flor
Written by Luiz Bonfá (as Luiz Floriano Bonfá), Maria Helena Toledo (as Maria Helena De Toledo) & Giorgio Calabrese
Performed by Charlie Byrd
Courtesy of Concord Music Group, Inc.
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Another really good one from Woody
28 June 2009 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Well, my first review for the IMDb. I picked one that I thought I was not going to like, but I like Woody Allen, so I gave it a shot.

I thought I would not like Whatever Works, because I read and heard some of the critics' negative reviews.

So, the first ten to fifteen minutes or so into the movie, I'm thinking that Larry David is better at improvising, as on his own show, than doing someone else's lines, albeit Woody Allen's.

But then, as usually is the case with Mr. Allen;s movies, I got hooked half way through. I got hooked because it was very well done. The story, the direction, the acting - yes, Larry David was perfect for this. It was a risky casting move on Mr. Allen's part, but it worked beautifully.

I like it also because Mr. Allen interjects philosophy in all of his movies. He courageously exposes himself, allows us to hear his thoughts and does these things by seducing us with entertainment.

Excellent work.

The only thing I wasn't crazy about was the sort of "tying up" philosophy about how we should go with whatever works. Such a happy ending. Why?

That said, id didn't interfere with my overall appreciation of the movie.


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