If I were to tell you that Woody Allen’s new film, “Whatever Works” (opening locally as “Jinsei Banzai!”), involves a nubile, rather dim young girl falling for a cantankerous, neurotic, much older guy, your reaction might be: “Not again!”
Yep, that was my feeling too. Allen’s 40th film has Evan Rachel Wood in the “Mighty Aphrodite”-type role of sweet-natured bimbo, and Larry David in the traditional Woody role of whiney, over-educated schlep. Boris is a science genius turned misanthropic hermit — after a failed suicide attempt and broken marriage — until Melody turns up, a teenage runaway sleeping rough outside his Manhattan loft. He takes her in, rather begrudgingly, and though the two are definitely not cut from the same cloth, somehow love works its mysterious ways.