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Where Woody Ends and Larry Begins or Vice Versa
on March 7, 2014
Woody Allen is unmatched as the East Coast intellectual king of pessimism. He's tried to pass that mantle in his films to other actors like Kenneth Branagh, Will Ferrell, and Owen Wilson to name a few with middling to little success. With this film Larry David not only matches the Woodman in the area of misanthropy but may surpass him. That said, a little of this acidity goes a long way and fortunately this film has Evan Rachel Wood's sweet Mississippi beauty queen to temper the angst. The film takes an unfortunate detour when it introduces about two-third of the way through Wood's fundamentalist Christian parents played by Patricia Clarkson and Ed Begley, Jr. It's here that Allen pontificates his love the one you're with mantra which, when you think about it, may be the root of Allen's current public relations problems. Regardless, this is a slight diversion that Allen completists may embrace and perplex others.