You'd think Allen (in his 42nd film) would get tired of trotting out the same old obsessions and characters, although the script is allegedly recycled from the 1970s. Allen's protagonist is even more mopey, misanthropic, and ridiculous than usual: aging New Yorker Boris (David), a self-proclaimed scientific genius, who upends his uptown life and moves into a dingy apartment near Chinatown. A chance meeting with beautiful young southern runaway Melody (Wood) leads to an odd relationship (and then marriage) until her repressed, conservative parents (Clarkson, Begley Jr.) show up and there are further extreme character transformations.
Has there ever been a better mouthpiece for Woody Allen's brand of misanthropic humor than Larry David? It turns out that the answer is a resounding yes and that double the grumpy is not necessarily double the fun. Whatever Works is yet another example of one of the greatest American ...Read More