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Monday, June 8, 2009

Whatever Works

Q: What’s the movie about?

A: A self proclaimed genius (Larry David), who hates everything about other human beings, meets a young, naive, God-fearing, Southern girl (Evan Rachel Wood), who for some unexplainable reason wants to spend all her time with him

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: Larry David, Evan Rachel Wood, Patricia Clarkson, Ed Begley Jr., Henry Cavill, Conleth Hill, Michael McKean, Olek Krupa, Jessica Hecht, Christopher Evan Welch, John Gallagher Jr., Samantha Bee

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: PhotobucketProceed with Caution. I always enjoy a good cynical comedy about how life sucks and God is hooey. But at least 80% of you inchworms will be offended by the film's abrasiveness.

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: It takes Larry David saying his lines to truly see how much more angry and offensive Woody Allen is than Larry David.

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: If you have strong religious beliefs, this one will probably send you crying to Lord Jesus for the simple sin of having exposed your delicate mind to the heresy in this movie.

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: The French will think of something to give it. They'll do anything to get Woody Allen to visit their country.

Q: How is the Acting?

A: Larry David constantly looks like he's thinking, "I can't believe somebody cast me in a movie!" And Evan Rachel Wood can not do comedy. In fact, she reminded me so much of a girl in a bad acting class, that I spent the first 15 minutes of the movie wondering if it was actually her.  

Q: How is the Directing?

A: There are certain things about Woody Allen that never seem to change. One is his simplistic, underachiever directing style, and the other is his not-so-subtle belief that every beautiful girl who's almost reached drinking age wants to date a guy as old as her grandpa.

Q: How is the story/script?

A: The first 30 to 40 minutes require a lot of suspension of disbelief. The way the characters meet is ridiculous, but not in a good way, and that's only one of the problems with the set up. But if you can make it until Patricia Clarkson shows up, you'll be rewarded with a film that's intelligent, daring and ridiculous-- but this time in a good way. And you're not gonna believe this but the ending to this piece about how humans are selfish, greedy, cretins who can't help themselves is actually uplifting.

Q: Where can I see the trailer?


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