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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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Boris
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Boris' Friend
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Boris' Friend
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Boris' Friend
Clifford Lee Dickson ...
Boy on Street
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Boy's Mother
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Jessica
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Chess Mother
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Melody Celestine
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Brockman
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Lady at Chinese Restaurant
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Perry
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Chess Girl (as Willa Cuthrell Tuttleman)
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Perry's Friend
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Marietta
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Randy
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Morgenstern
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John
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Howard
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Helena
Lindsay Michelle Nader ...
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Television Voice (voice)
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Steve Antonucci ...
Flea Market Shopper (uncredited)
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Photo Gallery Patron (uncredited)
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Cafe Waitress (uncredited)
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Flea Market Shopper (uncredited)
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Gallery Guest (uncredited)
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Concert Goer (uncredited)
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Concert Goer (uncredited)
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Club Girl (uncredited)
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Guy on Bench (uncredited)
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Indie Rocker (uncredited)

Directed by

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Woody Allen

Written by

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Woody Allen ... (written by)

Produced by

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Letty Aronson ... producer
Brahim Chioua ... executive producer
Charles H. Joffe ... co-executive producer
Vincent Maraval ... executive producer
Helen Robin ... co-producer
Jack Rollins ... co-executive producer
Stephen Tenenbaum ... producer

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Harris Savides

Film Editing by

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Alisa Lepselter

Editorial Department

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Terry Claborn ... color timer: Technicolor, No. Hollywood
Mo Henry ... negative cutter
Kate Rose Itzkowitz ... assistant editor
Morgan Neville ... first assistant editor (as Morgan A. Neville)
Tim Stipan ... digital opticals colorist: Technicolor, NY
Brian Umana ... editing intern: dailies
Joe Violante ... dailies advisor: Technicolor, NY

Casting By

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Ali Farrell
Laura Rosenthal
Juliet Taylor

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Santo Loquasto

Art Direction by

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Tom Warren

Set Decoration by

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Ellen Christiansen

Costume Design by

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Suzy Benzinger

Makeup Department

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Robert Fama ... key hair stylist
Gail McGuire ... hair stylist
Linda Melo ... makeup artist (as Linda Melo-Danzo)
Rosemary Zurlo ... key makeup artist (as Rosemarie Zurlo)

Production Management

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Helen Robin ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Dan Majkut ... dga trainee
Murphy Occhino ... second assistant director
Richard Patrick ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Kenneth Brzozowski ... key carpenter
Kathleen Dolan ... assistant property master
Virginia Gifford ... scenic artist
James Granger ... art department assistant
Daniel K. Grosso ... leadman
Beth Kuhn ... assistant art director
Glenn Lloyd ... art department coordinator
Ann Durnin Mckendry ... set dresser
Ann Miller ... property master
Nicholas J. Mongelli Jr. ... chief construction grip
Thomas Nousias ... scenic artist (as Tom Nousias)
Mark Pollard ... additional graphic artist
Jon Ringbom ... master scenic artist
Manny Sanchez ... carpenter
Elizabeth Schlitten ... assistant property master
Cliff Schorr ... stand-by scenic artist
Edward Smith ... carpenter
Andrew Spagnoli ... set dresser
Jennifer B. Starke ... assistant set decorator (as Jennifer Starke)
Rodney Sterbenz ... set dresser
Richard Tenewitz ... construction coordinator
Dana Wilson ... scenic artist
Christopher Yager ... set production assistant
Joseph Ziegler ... stand-by carpenter
Jane Patterson-Loper ... set dresser (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Gary Alper ... production sound mixer
Ryan Collison ... foley engineer
Lee Dichter ... re-recording mixer: Sound One Corp.
Pete Fonda ... boom operator
Matthew Haasch ... foley editor (as Matt Haasch)
Robert Hein ... supervising sound editor
Thomas Kodros ... sound consultant: Dolby
Sylvia Menno ... dialogue editor
Glenfield Payne ... sound effects editor
Jay Peck ... foley artist
Jason Stasium ... cable person
Damian Volpe ... sound effects editor
David Wahnon ... sound editor

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Randall Balsmeyer ... visual effects supervisor: Big Film Design (as Randy Balsmeyer)
Dana Bloder ... digital opticals producer: Technicolor, NY
J. John Corbett ... compositing supervisor: Big Film Design
Charles Lapage ... digital compositor
Jesse Morrow ... digital opticals: Technicolor, NY
David Piombino ... digital compositing: Big Film Design
Adrienne Winterhalter ... visual effects producer: Big Film Design

Stunts

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Peter Bucossi ... stunt coordinator
Don Hewitt ... stunt double: Boris (as Don Hewitt Sr.)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Christian Baldi ... lighting technician
Matt Balzarini ... second assistant camera
Adriana Brunetto-Lipman ... camera loader (as Adriana Brunatto)
Greg Canicio ... best boy rigging grip
Joel Carucci ... key rigging grip
Marcel Ciurea ... grip
Rashad Clinton ... rigging grip
Doug Dalisera ... key rigging electric (as Douglas Dalisera)
Russell Engels ... gaffer (as Russ Engels)
Robert K. Feldmann ... grip
James W. Finnerty ... key grip (as James Finnerty Jr.)
Kevin Fraser ... key grip
Timothy Healy ... electrician
Patrick Johnson ... rigging grip
Richard C. Kerekes ... dolly grip
James Mah ... best boy electric (as Jim Mah)
Jessica Miglio ... still photographer
Tim Norman ... first assistant camera
Christopher Purificato ... best boy grip (as Chris Purificato)
Kyle Rudolph ... camera operator
James F. Walsh ... shop electric (as James Walsh Sr.)
Kevin Walsh ... best boy rigging electric

Casting Department

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Karen E. Etcoff ... extras casting: Kee Casting
Maribeth Fox ... casting associate
David H. Kramer ... adr voice casting
Bill Tripician ... extras casting associate

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Danajean Cicerchi ... costume supervisor
Jeff Fender ... costume assistant
Nicholas McManus ... costume production assistant
Marco Piemontese ... costume assistant
Stephen Kyle Wesson ... set costumer
Scott Westervelt ... costume supervisor
Patrick Wiley ... assistant costume designer

Location Management

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Bill Garvey ... location scout
Elizabeth Klenk ... second assistant location manager
Gine Lui ... location scout
Suk Yi Mar ... location scout (as Suk-Yi Mar)
Christie Mullen ... location manager
Lynn H. Powers ... assistant location manager
Colby Shrefler ... location assistant
Joshua Shull ... location assistant
Nate Shull ... location assistant
Susan Silas ... location scout
John Spady ... second assistant location manager

Music Department

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Jill Meyers ... music clearances
Roy B. Yokelson ... music recording engineer (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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John Canavan ... transportation co-captain
Eugene O'Neill ... transportation captain (as Gene O'Neill)

Other crew

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Deborah Alexander-Lee ... assistant: Mr. Tenenbaum (as Deborah Alexander)
Abby Bailey ... assistant production accountant
David Bellarosa ... production assistant
Theo Brooks ... production assistant
Laura Comerford ... insurance: AON/Albert G. Ruben, Inc.
Angela Cutrone ... additional production assistant
Leo Driver ... parking coordinator
Tom Glick ... production assistant
Michael J. Harker ... completion bond representative
Rebecca Hawkes ... technical services: worldwide, Schedule 2
Shani Hinton ... legal services: Jitterbug Law
Sophie Holland ... production assistant
Adrianne Jorge ... projectionist
Scott Kordish ... production coordinator
James Lesage ... set production assistant
Phillip Leung ... production assistant
Jessica Lichtner ... script supervisor
Pietro Lorino Jr. ... production accountant
Liz Magee ... production assistant
Richard McCune ... production financing: City National Bank (as Richard V. McCune)
Soren Miltich ... set production assistant
Kathryn Minogue ... stand-in
Brian Papworth ... set production assistant
Erik Piecuch ... production financing: City National Bank
Emma Pindar ... technical services: worldwide, Schedule 2
Regina Scott ... additional production assistant
Jeff Sedwick ... additional production assistant
Lora Sorrentino ... set production assistant
Laura Streicher ... assistant: Mr. David
Peter Tavis Jr. ... production office assistant
Irwin J. Tenenbaum ... legal services: Loeb & Loeb
Melissa Tomjanovich ... assistant: Mr. Allen
Amy R. Trachtman ... assistant production coordinator
Kelly Trivigno ... payroll accountant
Caroline Turner ... publicity: Hyperactive Publicity
Joseph Turner ... set production assistant
Sawyer Williams ... production secretary
Liam Doyle ... production assistant (uncredited)

Thanks

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Michael Bloomberg ... thanks (as Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg)
Antoine Douaihy ... the producers gratefully acknowledge and wish to thank for their assistance: "Marietta's Photographs" - Female Figures, "Untitled #1" through "Untitled #12" and Male Figures, "Untitled #13" through "Untitled #18" (as Antoine L. Douaihy)
Cristobal Gabarron ... the producers gratefully acknowledge and wish to thank for their assistance: The Gabarron Foundation artwork by
Neil Girardi ... thanks
James Hickey ... thanks
Greg Johnson ... thanks
Robert Lee Morris ... thanks
Katherine Oliver ... thanks (as Commissioner Katherine L. Oliver)
Peter Som ... thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Untitled Woody Allen Project (United States)
  • Whatever Works - Liebe sich wer kann (Germany)
  • Si la cosa funciona (Spain)
  • Comme tu veux (Canada, French title)
  • Što god uspije (Croatia)
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Runtime
  • 93 min
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Budget $15,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $266,162, 21 Jun 2009
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $35,097,815, 12 Aug 2012

Did You Know?

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Trivia Woody Allen claims that he cast Larry David because David is one of the few comedians that makes him laugh. See more »
Goofs Melody says she is from Mississippi and that her parents moved there from Louisiana. She also refers to living in Plaquemines County. There is no Plaquemines County is Mississippi. In Louisiana, where there are parishes instead of counties, there is a Plaquemines Parish. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 81st Annual Academy Awards (2009). See more »
Soundtracks Hello I Must Be Going See more »
Quotes Boris Yellnikoff: That's why I can't say enough times, whatever love you can get and give, whatever happiness you can filch or provide, every temporary measure of grace, whatever works.
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