Woody Allen's Latest: Works Like a Charm

In this tale of an old grouch and a Southern belle, Woody Allen hatches his freshest film in ages

Larry David and Evan Rachael Wood star in Woody Allen's new film Whatever Works

"On the whole, I'm sorry to say, we're a failed species." Thus pronounceth Boris Yellnikoff (Larry David), a quantum physicist by trade and a raging grouch by temperament. "I'm a man with a huge worldview," this self-proclaimed genius says. "I'm surrounded by microbes." In his 60s, with a research career, an ex-wife and a failed suicide attempt on his résumé, Boris teaches chess to kids, whom he insults mercilessly. His few friends indulge his rants but think he's a little nuts, in part because he's the only one who realizes he's in a film. He stares out at the audience, whom...

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