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Whatever works

The point being that this lonely nihilist is the only one who can see the big picture! He says: ‘My story is whatever works. You know, as long as you don’t hurt anybody. Anyway you can filch a little joy in this cruel, dog-eat-dog, pointless, black chaos. That’s my story’. Resurrecting a script he originally wrote over 30 years ago, this is not Woody Allen at his most subtle.

Peter Marsay

Don’t take it lying down

WHATEVER WORKS Director: Woody Allen Cert. 12A

Woody Allen’s Whatever Works opens with frustrated intellectual Boris Yelnikoff (Larry David) trying to convince his buddies that there is an audience of ticket holders watching them, waiting to hear his story.