Woody works won­ders

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Tonight’s Tv -

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.

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