Hollywood Ending (2002)


Comedy | Romance





Woody Allen, Téa Leoni Teat Williams, George Hamilton, Debra Messing, Mark Rydell, Mark Webber, Tiffani Thiessen, Aaron Stanford, Bob Dorian, Barney Cheng


Forced to work with his ex-wife (Téa Leoni), director Val Waxman (Woody Allen) develops a case of psychosomatic blindness, and tries to cover up his disability by directing the film blind. 


Over the past months I've come to the conclusion that Woody Allen is a comedic genius, and "Hollywood Ending" only reinforced that belief of mine.

It may not be as good as his older, earlier films, the hysterically hilarious silly comedies he used to make for a while, but it certainly is a funny, charming and well acted film that deserves more love.

Once again what makes the film funny is Allen's lack of good manners. I'm not saying he is offensive, but it takes the guts to do such a thing as making fun of blind people. Anyway, the plot is very interesting - and ridiculous -, especially the reason behind Val Waxman's temporarily blindness.

Like other movies he has done in the past, "Hollywood Ending" also is an account of Allen's own life. He was big in the 70s and 80s and now he is trying to win back the success he had. Unlike the character though, he still is popular, but his films are nothing like before.

And just like most of Allen's films, the cast is an ensemble of talented actors and Woody Allen. I love his self-casting in romantic comedies lead roles - mostly because I can't stand when other actors try to play Allen -, and this time he is perfectly cast as Val Waxman. Téa Leoni is perfect for the role of the suffering ex-wife and is as hilarious as Allen. The supporting cast also does a good job. 

Mention-Worthy Quotes

Val: You know, I would kill for this job, but the people I want to kill are the people offering me the job.

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