Whatever Works

(USA/France, 2009, 90 minutes)

A misanthropic, neurotic, hypochondriac curmudgeon reluctantly takes in a Southern runaway girl and they find themselves unexpectedly in love. Lively yet overly theatrical comedy that looks like a throwback to its author's earlier classics and, in fact, is based on an earlier, unfilmed script intended for Zero Mostel; it works because the writing has been cleverly revised without destroying the original intentions and the casting is pitch-perfect.

A Wild Bunch (int'l) release. Wild Bunch and Gravier Productions present a Perdido production.
Starring Ed Begley Jr., Patricia Clarkson, Larry David, Conleth Hill, Michael McKean, Evan Rachel Wood.
Directed and written by Woody Allen; produced by Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum; director of photography (Technicolor), Harris Savides; production designer, Santo Loquasto; costume designer, Suzy Benzinger; film editor, Alisa Lepselter. 


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