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Whatever Works

comedy, drama, romance

Whatever Works explores the relationship between a crotchety misanthrope, Boris (Larry David) and a naïve, impressionable young runaway from the south, Melody (Evan Rachel Wood).

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common sense

ON for kids age 15
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
1 out of 5
3 out of 5

Tepid adult comedy is no Allen masterpiece.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this tepid Woody Allen comedy tackles mature themes like threesomes, homosexual relationships, and infidelity, though there's little actual nudity or explicit sexual content. The main character tries to commit suicide (played lightly) but isn't successful. The language tends toward the insulting at times, but it isn't overly coarse; expect a little bit of drinking and smoking as well. The humor will most likely appeal to grown-ups or precocious older teens -- don't expect this to be on many kids' must-see list.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about what the story says about relationships. Why does Melody seek the company of a much older man -- and vice versa? Is there anything wrong with a younger person taking up with a much older partner? How do movies usually portray that kind of relationship?
  • Fans of Woody Allen can also discuss how this movie compares to his other films. What do his movies tend to have in common?

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Whatever Works, like its lead character, takes a long while to draw us in, but once it does it is enjoyable, thoughtful and decidedly Woody.

- Giles Hardie, Unknown2, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Another thoroughly enjoyable film from the great Woody Allen and one which is brilliantly written, witty and incredibly insightful. A film which is back to his usual New York setting and contains a brilliant performance by Evan Rachel Wood. Full credit goes to Allen for casting the truly lovely Henry Cavill...mmmmmmmm. Highly recomended

- SarahG1988, Thursday, December 23, 2010

3 stars

Henry was in it ,I can not be too harsh :P

- MrsInsomnia, Tuesday, April 19, 2011

2 stars

This film teaters on the fine line between interesting and strange. I may have a different outlook on this movie than other because I am a huge fan of Larry David, but overall the movie was just okay. It is a decent watch if you are in a cynical mood, but I wouldn't recommend going out of your way to see it. It has a few moments of intrigue and humor, but it is hardly worth anyone's time.

- fb1576983399, Sunday, June 23, 2013