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Hollywood Ending (2002)

Woody Allen , George Hamilton , Woody Allen  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Woody Allen, George Hamilton, Téa Leoni, Douglas McGrath, Debra Messing
  • Directors: Woody Allen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Dreamworks Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 17, 2002
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JL81
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,146 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hollywood Ending" on IMDb

Editorial Reviews

Hollywood Ending is an American film from 2002 written and directed by Woody Allen, who also plays the principal character. It tells the story of a once-famous film director who suffers hysterical blindness due to the intense pressure of directing.

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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Has some very funny moments. May 1, 2002
What a relief to finally see an intelligent comedy without any gross scenes! Of late, comedies have been more and more gross, thanks mainly to the sickening trend set by movies like 'There is something about Mary'. Woody Allen deserves credit for giving us 'Hollywood ending', a film that has some very funny moments.
Woody Allen plays a washed-out film director, whose wife (played by Tea Leoni) has left him for a film producer (Treat Williams). Then this script comes into the hands of Treat Williams and his film company ('Galaxie films') and Tea Leoni thinks that Allen will be the best choice to direct it. She convinces Williams and his friends and then the laugh riot starts! Allen meets his ex-wife and the decision makers of Galaxie films and seals the deal (with some very funny scenes!). Come the first day of shooting and Woody Allen becomes blind (psychosomatic blindness). The rest of the story revolves around how he (with Tea Leoni's help) keeps his blindness a secret from everyone else and manages to direct the film.
Woody Allen is very very funny and steals many a scene, with the best one being the one in which he meets Tea Leoni at a restaurant after he lands the directing job. Leoni supports him very well and Debra Messing ('Will and Grace') plays Allen's new (and not so bright) girlfriend. All the supporting actors are good, with the Chinese cameraman and his translator being the pick of the lot.
Needless to say, the film directed by the blind Woody Allen gets horrible reviews initially, but then there is a twist in the climax that justifies the title - 'Hollywood ending'. The funny moments keep the film up and running and in the end, this is surely worth watching at least once.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Witty self referential and funny August 4, 2004
I like Woody, I like this film, and I like his love of film. Mr Allen's love of human beings, his compassion and understanding of our foibles, vanities, and his own foibles and vanities, shine through this fine film. I also like his truth - in some ways he his almost anti-Hollywood in the sense that he does not try to cover up his physical deterioration, as if to say " Well, he I am and here you are, and are we going to make the journey with a joke or a whine?" To me, despite the jokes in the film about his character and being a great artist, I think he is one of America's great film makers, and a great humanitarian, with a deep understanding of his art, comedy and us. This is a good example of his work and worth owning.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a pleasant surprise August 21, 2004
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i was somewhat surprised by hollywood ending. it received so many bad reviews from critics that i went in not expecting much. but hollywood ending is easily one of woody's best film's in years, probably his best film since deconstructing harry.

many of woody's films are autobigraphical, and there's no question that woody is venting his frustrations at the movie industry and the american public when the #1 movie in america is alien vs. predator, and woody allen's movies barely break even in america. but he is still big in france, which he seems grateful for.

it's true that hollywood ending may not be hannah and her sisters or annie hall, but it's woody allen, and it's better than most of the crap out there today. thank fod for woody allen.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, funny, funny October 11, 2002
Don't pay attention to the misguided critics of this delightful film. Woody's latest is very amusing, with several priceless scenes that rank among Allen's funniest. Sure, it's not the deepest or most thought-provoking film ever, but it's not meant to be. It is meant to be light, diverting entertainment and on that account it succeeds marvelously.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A high quality movie October 1, 2002
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The recent critical backlash against Woody Allen is predictable but absolutely shameful. Look at many of the other comedies around, look at the shockingly poor standard of their scripts, and then savour the beautiful lines and exchanges in Allen's latest effort. Without resorting to placing 30 year old actors back in college, or relying on cheap gross-out gags involving animals, invalids, bare breasts or bodily fluids, he has written, once again, a smart, witty and enduring popular movie. Those critics who should know better will doubtless continue to chastise him for growing older, and retaining a distinctive style, and not selling out to some dubious money-spinning fashion, and then in a decade or so they will of course generously rediscover and "re-evaluate" these works in a more mature and positive fashion. Everyone else, however - the grown-ups - can simply watch this and other Allen movies now, and celebrate the man's talent, invention, intelligence and remarkable consistency.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated, hilarious comedy November 25, 2008
It appears that not everyone likes Woody Allen films. Well, I can't really
understand those people, especially when the guy makes such vastly entertaining little gems as "Hollywood Ending". It's true that this movie isn't absolutely brilliant, but it's close enough. This one makes for a great double feature when viewed after an earlier Allen classic also about a bewildered filmmaker, "Stardust Memories". So forget the critics who claim that Woody's time is past; it isn't.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly amusing August 8, 2007
Like most of his films of late, Woody Allen's "Hollywood Ending" was panned by the critics, but it's actually fairly amusing. One of Allen's self-described "trifles," it casts the Woodman as a down on his luck director whose ex-wife persuades studio boss Treat Williams to give him one last shot at directing a major film. On the eve of production, he goes blind, a psychosomatic response to the way the plot parallels his personal life.

It's popular to suggest that since hitting 60, Allen's comic timing is off, but I laughed frequently as the blind director fumbled his way across the film set and engaged in conversation while facing an empty seat on the sofa rather than the person he's addressing. The movie within the movie turns out to be a disaster, of course, but it's hailed by the French critics. The ending mirrors Allen's own career these days. Once the fair-haired boy of American critics, Allen must now go abroad to find a receptive audience.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Woody's a washed-up director
Woody plays a washed-up movie director who has to work now for a studio owned by his wife's new friend.
Some very good scenes and gags. One of the better movies by Allen.
Published 4 months ago by LostinGermany
5.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood Ending
Just one of those good old time movies. Enjoy just when you want something pleasant to watch and just relax
Published 9 months ago by gregory
3.0 out of 5 stars One long joke!
I am a Woody Allen fan.
As his movies go, this is a bit too long, meaning not funny enough.
A blind director directing a movie is a funny idea, but the satire wears out... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Benjamin Whang
2.0 out of 5 stars barely 2 stars
in what world would a 70 yr old like feeble and child like have a chance with Téa Leoni? well only in his own films where he puts himself into the lead as the leading man... Read more
Published 18 months ago by MS
4.0 out of 5 stars A Happy Hollywood Ending
This is a good, solid, adult, romantic comedy that you will enjoy. How many times have you heard that Woody Allen's best work is behind him? Or that only his early work is funny? Read more
Published 19 months ago by Tina
5.0 out of 5 stars it's so Woody!!
Another great Woody movie... commenting on all types of things in society... all through his great sense of humor and irony. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Jeannette Howard
2.0 out of 5 stars A Mish-Mash
This movie had the feel of being a mish-mash of second-rate material that got dumped in this movie. That said the shooting and scenery are excellent, there are some good, funny... Read more
Published on February 5, 2012 by Robert Abell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie.
Woody Allen at his best, rather humourours directing a movie while blind, quite entertaining, great cast, I would recommend this movie.
Published on November 9, 2011 by Pauline Emerson
4.0 out of 5 stars Hey Woody, welcome back!!!
I don't know where to begin with this review? But I guess I could say, 'I miss Woody.' And I've been missing his style of direction. Read more
Published on July 9, 2011 by Novelwit2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked on Woody.
Woody Allen movies are one of the joys in my life. Loved this one as well.
Published on October 11, 2010 by stanton salerno
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