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.
Whatever Works is a quirky film, written and directed by Woody Allen. The movie was written and directed well, but Larry David steals the show and makes the film. Whatever Works really brings through the point of Whatever Works, especially since the plot is pretty irrelevant. From the very beginning his character Boris grabs you and through his faults and random jabbering you learn a lot about Boris and the world in general. Boris doesn’t start off very likable, and in fact he is very bitter and negative, but by the end of the film you can’t help but to feel for him.
The events that unfold during the movie seem absurd at times, but they still seem to fit in the film. Whatever Works may not be a movie for everyone, but the dialogue and acting from Larry David make it a very good film. You definitely need an open mind to view it because a lot of ideologies are pushed through and may not be for everyone.
Whatever Works Trailer
My Rating: 8/10
Originally posted 2009-10-20 09:18:33.