Whatever Works

June 19th 2009
  • Comedy/Romance,
  • PG-13,
  • 92 min,
  • Sony Pictures Classics
  • Cast: Larry David, Evan Rachel Wood, Patricia Clarkson, Henry Cavill, Ed Begley Jr., Carolyn McCormick, Conleth Hill, John Gallagher Jr., Olek Krupa, Christopher Evan Welch, Jessica Hecht, Samantha Bee, Marcia DeBonis, Willa Cuthrell-Tuttleman, Nicole Patrick, Adam Brooks, Lyle Kanouse, Michael McKean, Clifford Lee Dickson, Yolonda Ross
  • Director: Woody Allen
  • Writer: Woody Allen
  • Producers: Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum
  • Castings: Ali Farrell, Laura Rosenthal, Juliet Taylor
  • Costume Design: Suzy Benzinger
  • D.O.P.: Harris Savides
  • Editor: Alisa Lepselter
  • Production Design: Santo Loquasto
  • Set Decoration: Ellen Christiansen


Woody Allen returns to New York with an offbeat comedy about a crotchety misanthrope (Larry David) and a naïve, impressionable young runaway from the south (Evan Rachel Wood). When her uptight parents (Patricia Clarkson and Ed Begley, Jr.) arrive to rescue her, they are quickly drawn into wildly unexpected romantic entanglements. Everyone discovers that finding love is just a combination of lucky chance and appreciating the value of Whatever Works.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: New York City, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Sexual situations including dialogue, brief nude images and thematic material
  • Production Budget: $15 million
  • Production Companies: Gravier Productions, Perdido Productions, Wild Bunch
  • Production Schedule: April 2008 - May 2008

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The role of Boris Yellnikoff was original written for Zero Mostel. After Mostel's death Woody Allen set the script aside, but remembering it as a funny idea, decided to revive it.

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 1 July 2009: France
  • 10 July 2009: Denmark
  • 28 August 2009: Norway
  • 20 September 2009: Belgium
  • 12 November 2009: Netherlands
  • 12 November 2009: Brazil