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Whatever Works (2009)

Comedy, Romance |

Whatever Works is a American comedy film directed and written by Woody Allen. It was released on June 19, 2009, received mixed reviews and grossed $35 million.

Boris Yelnikoff is a cynical chess teacher and former Columbia professor in quantum mechanics. Divorced, he avoids human contact except for his three friends and students, patronizing everyone he meets for not matching him intellectually. He spends much of the film washing his hands, all the while singing the “Happy Birthday” song—an attempt to gauge the proper length of time for the process.

Boris comes home one night to find Melody, a simpleminded 21-year-old, lying on his doorstep. He reluctantly lets her in for a meal and soon she tells him her story. She turns out to be of a distinctly Southern background, having been born to fundamentalist parents in Mississippi and ran away from them. She asks if she can stay the night, which Boris eventually allows, and she stays with him while she looks for a job. Melody develops a crush on Boris despite their age difference and their varying cultures and intelligence.

Director: Woody Allen

Writer: Woody Allen

Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Larry David, Henry Cavill, Patricia Clarkson, Ed Begley Jr., Henry Cavill, Michael McKean


Larry DavidBoris
Adam BrooksBoris’ Friend
Lyle KanouseBoris’ Friend
Michael McKeanBoris’ Friend
Clifford Lee DicksonBoy on Street
Yolonda RossBoy’s Mother
Carolyn McCormickJessica
Samantha BeeChess Mother
Evan Rachel WoodMelody Celestine
Conleth HillBrockman
Marcia DeBonisLady at Chinese Restaurant
John Gallagher Jr.Perry
Willa CuthrellChess Girl
Nicole PatrickPerry’s Friend
Patricia ClarksonMarietta
Henry CavillRandy
Olek KrupaMorgenstern
Ed Begley Jr.John
Christopher Evan WelchHoward
Jessica HechtHelena
Lindsay Michelle NaderTelevision Voice (voice)
Armand SchultzTelevision Voice (voice)
Steve AntonucciFlea Market Shopper
Marc Alan AustenPhoto Gallery Patron
Julie BasemCafe Waitress
Dan BurkarthFlea Market Shopper
Kenneth EdelsonGallery Guest
Christian NeilRestaurant Patron
Gabriel NussbaumConcert Goer
Chris NuñezConcert Goer
Celeste OctaviaGallery Special Guest
Amanda ReaClub Girl
Quincy RoseGuy on Bench

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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