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Hollywood Ending (2002)
a movie-makers movie
Woody Allen plays a caricature of himself - a neurotic, once-great director of arty films, fallen on hard times.
He gets the chance to direct a big-budget, mainstream movie that is being produced by his ex-wife's (Tea Leoni) new fiancee. It was hard to picture Leoni and Allen as a couple, though they tried by continually discussing past bedroom escapades.
During the course of directing the movie-within-a-movie, he develops psychosomatic blindness, which he tries to hide from everyone.
Woody is not really suited to this kind of bump-into-stuff slapstick, though he tries, eventually falling off a scaffolding. Both Allen and Leoni play the "I have control, but I don't know what's going on" but from different ends.
The movie wasn't slow, really, just poorly-paced. It was filled with insider terminology and situations that movie-goers might not recognize as humorous setups.
It was truly a 'movie-makers' movie, and the title was perfect.
Spy Kids (2001)
Parents will laugh, kids will be awed.
Parents will be laughing even as they think to themselves "Saw that coming, saw that coming". The Hispanic theme was interesting, and only a distraction when Antonio Banderas spoke. Teri Hatcher was a hoot, and I could have swore that was Paul (pee-wee herman) Reubens as the kiddie show host.
The gadgets were awesome and only one product plug was overly blatant. I have two children of those ages and trying to imagine them in those situations was hilarious.