DVD: Whatever Works, For retail & rental (Warner)

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The Independent Culture

We should have known. It turns out that Vicky Cristina Barcelona was a blip, and Woody Allen has slipped back into his usual recent practice of rehashing old scenarios in a slipshod, one-take manner.

Whatever Works stars Larry David as a suspiciously familiar Jewish intellectual New Yorker, and Evan Rachel Wood as the much younger woman who falls in love with him, despite his relentless condescension. Not Allen's worst film, but one for fans only.