Woody's 40th Film: Whatever Works

Honestly, I can't think of a better birthday gift than a new Woody Allen movie. Whatever Works, featuring Larry David and Evan Rachel Wood marks Allen's return to New York after a four film sojourn in Europe (personally, I don't blame him... though older fans complained). David stars as Boris Yelnikoff, an eccentric, misanthropic chess teacher from Greenwich Village who comes home one night and finds a young woman (Evan Rachel Wood) lying on his doorstep. After taking her in for only one night he falls in love and eventually marries her, despite the 40 year age difference and her striking absent mindedness. Boris' thought on the matter is that life is short and you might as well enjoy yourself. Well he's right isn't he?

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