Whatever Works

2009 PG-13 1h 32m Blu-ray / DVD

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Whatever Works

2009 PG-13 1h 32m Blu-ray / DVD
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While falling for a young Southern belle (Evan Rachel Wood), an aging New York City eccentric (Larry David) finds himself caught in a series of bizarre situations involving the girl's parents and his own Greenwich Village group of pals. Written and directed by legendary filmmaker Woody Allen, this romantic comedy also stars Patricia Clarkson, Ed Begley Jr., Michael McKean and Henry Cavill.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English, English SDH
English: DTS 5.1 HD
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
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age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this tepid Woody Allen comedy tackles mature themes like threesomes, homosexual relationships, and infidelity, though there's little actual nudity or explicit sexual content. The main character tries to commit suicide (played lightly) but isn't successful. The language tends toward the insulting at times, but it isn't overly coarse; expect a little bit of drinking and smoking as well. The humor will most likely appeal to grown-ups or precocious older teens -- don't expect this to be on many kids' must-see list.

Sexual Content

Actual scenes are fairly chaste, but scenarios arenâ¿¿t: A conservative married woman arrives in New York and transforms herself into an artist involved in a happy threesome (three people are shown under covers, but no body parts are revealed). Her estranged husband takes up with a man. Another married character cheats on her husband. Open discussions about sex. Some suggestive photographs are shown.


Heated arguments, with yelling. A man jumps out of a window, and, on his second attempt, lands on a person.


Insults aplenty, such as â¿¿stupid,â¿ â¿¿cracker,â¿ and â¿¿imbecile.â¿ Also â¿¿goddamn.â¿

Social Behavior

Despite the fact that the movie deals with subjects like infidelity, a dismal worldview, and even suicide attempts, thereâ¿¿s also a lot of hope and humor.


Pellegrino labels.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some drinking at a bar; a little bit of smoking.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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