‘Whatever Works’ trailer

Posted by · 11:55 am · May 8th, 2009

Well, it certainly works for me — it’s been a while since a trailer made me laugh out loud. Larry David’s and Woody Allen’s respective brands of neurosis seem to mesh together nicely, while Evan Rachel Wood looks unexpectedly comfortable doing the guileless simpleton thing. Patricia Clarkson is obviously having a good time too. I’m in.




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  • 1 5-08-2009 at 12:17 pm

    Anthony B. said...

    I can’t wait for this movie. Every year, I look forward to the new Allen effort. And, I think Larry David is the perfect fit for an Allen movie, lending just the right amount of edge to the character. And, I absolutely love that he is working with Patricia Clarkson again, who was so good in a small role in Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

    It doesn’t seem like this one is going to be as lush and beautiful as VCB or Match Point, which is a shame because DP Harry Savides has done really good work in the past, particularly with Gus Van Sant on Milk and Elephant.

    But, no matter what, I’m there– first day.

  • 2 5-08-2009 at 1:02 pm

    Chad said...

    Which part made you laugh Guy? That looks unwatchable. Embarrassing.

  • 3 5-08-2009 at 1:08 pm

    Mr. F said...

    I really liked it. I’m not convinced by Wood though. I am looking forward to what Patricia Clarkson does though.

  • 4 5-08-2009 at 2:07 pm

    Alfredo said...

    Why’s that, Chad? you don’t like comedies?

  • 5 5-08-2009 at 2:17 pm

    Eli said...

    The ladies will steal it (as usual…)

  • 6 5-08-2009 at 2:26 pm

    BurmaShave said...

    Looks minor, like an ANYTHING ELSE, but Larry looks great.

  • 7 5-08-2009 at 2:29 pm

    Rob Scheer said...

    Um, I’m totally in the bag for this one — I adore David, and I think even Allen’s “bad” movies are enjoyable, but… seriously, what part of this made you laugh? Almost every line seems stilted to me…

  • 8 5-08-2009 at 2:46 pm

    Leone said...

    LOVED this trailer and totally want to see this now.

  • 9 5-08-2009 at 5:47 pm

    Chad said...

    I like comedies Alfredo. Just not ones that rely on stale jokes, idiotic characters and christian fundamentalist stereotypes.

  • 10 5-08-2009 at 6:09 pm

    Dean said...

    This is the first Woody Allen film in a long time–maybe ever–that has made me wanna see it based on the trailer. The film’s MVP is obviously Larry David, whose presence you’ll either love or despise. Count me on the love side. I think he’s a perfect stand-in for Allen, because he clearly brings his own sensibility to the table. A must-see.

  • 11 5-08-2009 at 8:26 pm

    Speaking English said...

    Wow, I was completely apathetic to this one originally, but if that trailer is any indication, this will be Allen’s best film by a mile since “Bullets Over Broadway.” Looks excellent, and more than any film he’s made in the past decade, looks to have his unique stamp all over it. He honestly couldn’t have cast anyone better to play his part than Larry David. Perfect match.

    As for the laugh-out-loud lines? Plenty. One that made me laugh:

    “Why do all the religious psychotics wind up praying at my doorstep?”

    SO Allen. He’s returned to form, it appears.

  • 12 5-08-2009 at 9:48 pm

    Alfredo said...

    Chad, most comedies have idiotic characters or character taht do idiotic things.
    Making fun of stereotypes is very common in comedies too. From The Office to Zoolander. What comedies do you like? You sound like my girlfriend:s

  • 13 5-09-2009 at 12:40 am

    Kevin said...

    I’m so sick of hearing Allen’s upteenth return to form. People have said that same thing about Match Point and Vicky Cristina but I honestly didn’t think they were all that great (although the latter was a great showcase for Cruz). This trailer however did manage to pique my interest.

  • 14 5-09-2009 at 1:52 am

    Glenn said...

    “Not now… I mean eventually!” had me in stitches. And the religious psychotics, yankees running gag and the ‘god is a decorator’ bit, too, were very funny. Lookin’ good!

  • 15 5-09-2009 at 2:03 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Yeah, the “decorator” line is what really did it for me. Maybe I’m just stupid or easily pleased.

    And Kevin, I haven’t heard that many people calling this a “return to form.” Not least because many of the people who would be saying that already used that line on “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” last year. You can’t have two “returns to form” in a row. It’s logistically impossible. ;)

  • 16 5-09-2009 at 8:42 am

    Chris said...

    Yeah, the “decorator” line had me laugh out loud too. I am sick too about hearing about Allen’s “return to form” though – in my mind he never lost it, even if some of his films were not as brilliant as those from the 77 till 93.

    In my mind he ‘s made two bad films: “Curse of the Jade Scorpion” and “Cassandra’s Dream”. I really liked”Melinda & Melinda”, “Anything Else” and “Hollywood Ending” on the other hand. So sue me, but I think Woody Allen has directed just as many bad films in his life as Clint Eastwood has in 2008.

  • 17 5-09-2009 at 2:18 pm

    jess said...

    Evan Rachel Wood playing a non-rebellious, non-dyke, non-drug addict young girl ? And doing a convincible Southern Accent ? Allen does wonder

  • 18 5-10-2009 at 9:44 am

    McGuff said...

    Evan Rachel Wood looks absolutely darling. Can’t wait to see more of her. But yeah, Allen+David is a comedic match made in heaven, as far as I’m concerned.