MOVIES

Whatever Doesn't Work

Whatever Works, which debuted last night at the Tribeca Film Festival, may mark Woody Allen's cinematic return to New York—but it sure didn't impress the city's critics. The film includes a scene in which President Obama is unable to hail a cab in New York, a stale joke about Viagra, and an odd sexual relationship between Larry David and Evan Rachel Wood. While some film critics say the movie is the first actually funny Woody Allen movie they've seen in a while, others think Whatever Works misses the mark. According to the New York Post, Allen's humor is sparse and outdated—he "tries to show he's with it by briefly throwing in a ménage a trios." Hm... doesn't quite work.