Woody works wonders
good, go get a foot massage.”
In a rare and uncharacteristic moment of compassion, Boris allows pretty runaway Melodie St Ann Celestine (Wood) from Mississippi to spend the night on his couch rather than sleep rough on the streets.
One night turns into one week and then one month as friendship blossoms between Boris and his perky new housemate.
Companionship becomes genuine affection and Melodie gradually re-shapes her views on the world to mimic Boris. They marry.
Then her parents Marietta (Clarkson) and John (Jr) turn up on Boris’s doorstep and throw the couple’s routine into disarray.
David looks like he has just stepped off the set of TV show Curb Your Enthusiasm and is still in character, while Wood accentuates Melodie’s naivete, which is exploited by the people around her.
Every time Allen exhausts one plot strand, he introduces a new character and then another to generate friction or sexual tension.
The script is peppered with snappy one-liners and the occasional moment of introspection: “Don’t kid yourself, a bigger part of your existence is luck.”
Whatever Works works.