Episode 22 – Whatever Works (2009)

The Woody Allen Pages Podcast
The Woody Allen Pages Podcast
Episode 22 - Whatever Works (2009)

Whatever Works is the 39th film written and directed by Woody Allen.

‘Whatever Works‘ sees Allen return to the US for the first time in many years. It was made amidst the writer’s 07/08 strike, when Allen was unable to make a new script, so he used one he had previously discarded, originally written for Zero Mostel.

Larry David stars as Boris Yelnikoff, as big a curmudgeon as you are likely to meet in cinema. The grumpy old man has his views challenged when he meets Melodie (Evan Rachel Wood) and forms an unlikely relationship.

Welcome to the Woody Allen Pages Podcast. This week we look at 2009’s Whatever Works. How it was conceived, how it was made and how it was a victim of circumstance. Spoilers are everywhere – so watch the film and then come back.

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  1. Interesting how Whatever Works was originally written for Zero Mostel. Woody and Zero had some great scenes together in The Front. I love the scene in The Front when Hecky gives Howard Prince, Woody’s character some sage advice – “Take care of yourself. The ocean is full of sharks!!!”

    GO WOODY!!!!!

  2. Great episode ! I remember really enjoying this ( and SCOOP) in theaters, because they were very welcome light comedies in the middle of a pretty serious run. This was also the first Woody Allen movie I bought on Blu-Ray.

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