MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual situations including dialogue, brief nude images and thematic material.
Whatever Works did more than the title reads. It was an excellent movie that was very classic Woody Allen, yet anything different than he has ever done. It provides us with a dim view of life through the eyes of Boris Yelnikoff (Larry David) who, while coming home one night "bumps into" a naive twenty-one year old girl, Melodie (Evan Rachel Wood) from the deep south that has yet to experience life and the struggles and complications that accompany it. Boris teaches her the meaning of life and why it is pointless to accomplish anything because eventually we will all be "in a box" underground. This film provided me with insight on getting older and offered frank discussions about how the majority of society are inchworms and microbes. Though some of the characters in the film had no morals, it tried to tell a story about how love fades and how new opportunities arise with a different environment. As is said in the movie by Boris, "Whatever love you can get and give, whatever happiness you can provide, every temporary measure of grace. Whatever works." That line spoke to me clearer than any other quote or saying I have heard in the past. It works even better when it is put into the context of the film and its impact on your personality. If you want to watch a quality film with meaning and sincerity I strongly recommend that you watch Whatever Works. 3 and a half out of 4 stars.