Whatever Works is a 2009 American comedy film directed and written by Woody Allen and starring Larry David, Evan Rachel Wood, Patricia Clarkson, Ed Begley Jr., Michael McKean, and Henry Cavill. It was released on June 19, 2009, received mixed reviews and grossed $35 million. The film’s score was composed and conducted by Cliff Eidelman.
Larry David and Even Rachel Wood
Larry David and Marcis Debonis
Patricia Clarkson and Even Rachel Wood
Whatever Works: Critical response
On Rotten Tomatoes the film holds an approval rating of 50% based on 165 reviews, with an average rating of 5.4/10. The website’s critical consensus reads, “Based upon a script written in the 1970s, Woody Allen’s Whatever Works suffers from a lack of fresh ideas.”
Boris Yellnikoff: “Love, despite what they tell you, does not conquer all, nor does it even usually last. In the end the romantic aspirations of our youth are reduced to, whatever works.”
Evan Rachel Woods and Larry David
According to Wikipedia (37), Woods is a despicable mob trial apologist who doesn’t believe in facts and doesn’t respect due process (Woody Allen has been investigated for months by two independent teams of experts on sexual abuse and cleared two times and Moses Farrow who was present on August 4, 1992, cleared him one more time): “That was years before I read Dylan’s letter. Unfortunately, I can’t say that I would again.”
Relative content. Woody Allen Sex Abuse Allegation: 20 Undeniable Facts.
On April 2020, in a New York Times profile, Larry David said of Woody Allen’s autobiography, Apropos of Nothing, “It’s just a great book and it’s hard to walk away after reading that book thinking that this guy did anything wrong.”