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Movie Review: Whatever Works

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Larry David plays Boris Yellnikoff, the “Woody Allen character” in the director’s latest film, Whatever Works. We’re not so much introduced to Boris as we are identified by him as he looks past the fourth wall to tell moviegoers in the opening scene that, “This is not the ‘Feel Good Movie of the Year.’ So, if you’re one of those idiots who needs to feel good… ehh… go get yourself a foot massage.” But don’t take his word for it.

Boris is an unlikely guide through this charming tale of overlapping love stories. A former Columbia physics professor with a genius IQ, he once had what seemed like the perfect marriage to Jessica, a beautiful, wealthy and intelligent woman. While having a panic attack one morning, Boris comes to the conclusion that his good-on-paper marriage isn’t working and the realization puts him over the edge and right out the kitchen window.