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Hollywood Ending (2002)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 3 May 2002 (USA)
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A director is forced to work with his ex-wife, who left him for the boss of the studio bankrolling his new film. But the night before the first day of shooting, he develops a case of psychosomatic blindness.

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Woody Allen

Writer:

Woody Allen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Téa Leoni ... Ellie
Bob Dorian Bob Dorian ... Galaxie Executive
Ivan Martin ... Galaxie Executive
Gregg Edelman ... Galaxie Executive
George Hamilton ... Ed
Treat Williams ... Hal
Woody Allen ... Val
Debra Messing ... Lori
Neal Huff ... Commercial A.D.
Mark Rydell ... Al
Douglas McGrath ... Barbeque Guest
Stephanie Roth Haberle ... Barbeque Guest
Bill Gerber Bill Gerber ... Barbeque Guest
Roxanne Perry Roxanne Perry ... Barbeque Guest
Barbara Carroll ... Carlyle Pianist
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Storyline

Val Waxman is a film director who was once big in the 1970's and 1980's, but has now has been reduced to directing TV commercials. Finally, he gets an offer to make a big film. But, disaster strikes, when Val goes temporarily blind, due to paranoia. So, he and a few friends, try to cover up his disability, without the studio executives or the producers knowing that he is directing the film blind. Written by <stuartkenny50@hotmail.com>

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It's Going to be a Shot in the Dark!

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for some drug references and sexual material | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

DreamWorks [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

3 May 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El ciego See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,017,981, 5 May 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,839,383, 23 June 2002
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The song "Going Hollywood" is played over the opening credits, sung by Bing Crosby from Going Hollywood (1933) in which he starred with Marion Davies. See more »

Goofs

As Al and Chau enter the revolving doors, the reflection of a crew member holding a white reflecting board can be seen in the windows. See more »

Quotes

Val: At the Plaza Hotel. For God's sake, I got the bill. You had the escargot that afternoon. It's so disgusting. Sex and snails with that roast beef from Beverly Hills.
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Soundtracks

Hooray for Hollywood
(1937)
Music by Richard A. Whiting (as Richard Whiting)
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Performed by Dick Powell, Frances Langford, Johnnie Davis (as Johnny "Scat" Davis),
Gene Krupa & Benny Goodman
Courtesy of Turner Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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I thought it was funny
18 March 2003 | by mattymatt4everSee all my reviews

Before the film came out, I read some reviews saying that they felt Woody was back in top form, but now I'm reading reviews that say otherwise. I guess many people feel that in the case of a greatly talented filmmaker like Woody, after wooing audiences with his earlier works like "Annie Hall" and "Manhattan," there's nowhere left to go but down. So whenever people bash his films, they don't bash them in the same way they would the next SNL-inspired dud. They bash them even more brutally simply because he's Woody and they can't help but expect more from him.

"Hollywood Ending" is no gem, with moments that obviously drag, but I felt it worked. It's an excellent premise for a farcical comedy, and it played out fluently. My only criticism about the "blind" element of the film dealt with Woody's performance. Each scene where he talks to someone, he purposely turns away from that person. He was obviously trying way too hard to stress the fact that his character's blind (I guess in case the audience somehow forgot halfway through). People who are blind actually have a strong sense of hearing. Like the comic book character of Daredevil, their other four senses are heightened. When they're first faced with the blindness, it's hard to cope, but after a short while they get used to it.

Like most of Woody's films, the cast is an ensemble of multi-talented actors who each contribute more than their own five cents into the work. There was even an funny unbilled cameo by Isaac Mizrahi. A lot of people project snobbery upon Woody's recent work, but I happened to enjoy this movie very much, and the same goes with "Small-Time Crooks" and "Curse of the Jade Scorpion." As long as you don't proceed with gigantic expectations, you should have a lot of fun.

My score: 7 (out of 10)


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