At the beginning of "Hollywood Ending" I groaned: why does Woody Allen still have to star in his movies? Twenty-minutes in, I was still annoyed-- why does Allen like to spend so much time making movies about "has-beens", that are so ironically happen to be like him? And why does he always have such a beautiful ex-wife that he most likely didn't deserve in the first place? But by the end, I ended up genuinely liking the film, despite all of the Allen cliches popping up. Val Waxman (Woody Allen), is an aging director in the "Topaz", "Buddy, Buddy" stage of his career, and most movie studios, and audiences, have lost interest in the filmmaker, who in the last few years has most headed cheesy commercials. Long-divorced from his lovely wife Ellie (Tea Leoni), who just happens to be getting married to studio boss Hal (Treat Williams), Val spends his days living in denial, settling in with the ditzy Lori (Debra Messing). But after an interesting script pops up, Ellie recommends to her fiancee that Val would be the perfect candidate as director. At first, all seems to be going well, but after Val suffers a panic attack he develops hysterical blindness, forcing him to secretly direct the movie without sight. Will it work? Despite the fact that Allen's aging and his obnoxious, funny, Jewish persona has gotten old to me, somehow, "Hollywood Ending" manages to be charming. Taking all flaws aside, it's obvious that Allen only directs the film with the best of intentions. The result may not be up to his best works, but it's a sweet diversion with a decent cast, and the story is engaging and often times, funny. Leoni herself is sexy and likable, and is one of the best things of the film, but in the meantime the actual satirical elements of making a movie end up being chaotic and goofy. Even though we see the cliches coming from a mile away, "Hollywood Ending" is one of the most cheerful and downright likable movies of his career. Without any symbolism or ironic humor, it remains simple and enjoyable. Allen's done better, but this film is far from the disaster it's made up to be.