Hollywood Ending

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Although Hollywood Ending contains some zany one-liners, its promising premise is far from developed.

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A film director's last film is a hit in Europe but bombs in America, and he is considered to be past it. However, his girlfriend convinces studio bosses to let him make a film about old-time Hollywood. What the studio doesn't know is that the director is blind. He manages to do the shoot, with the help of his Chinese assistant and, of course, his psychiatrist.

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Cast

Lu Yue
as Cameraman
Yu Lu
as Cameraman
Barney Cheng
as Translator
Neal Huff
as Commercial A.D.
Stephanie Roth
as Barbeque Guest
Lu Yu
as Cameraman
Isaac Mizrahi
as Elio Sebastian
Bob Dorian
as Galaxie Executive
Iván Martín
as Galaxie Executive
Gregg Edelman
as Galaxie Executive
Douglas McGrath
as Barbeque Guest
Bill Gerber
as Barbeque Guest
Roxanne Perry
as Barbeque Guest
Barbar Carroll
as Carlyle Pianist
Howard Erskine
as Carlyle Patron
Marian Seldes
as Alexandra
Anthony Arkin
as Audition Reader
Ramsey Faragallah
as Audition Reader
Olivia Hayman
as Balthazar Hostess
Peter Van Wagner
as Man in Balthazar Couple
Judy Toma
as Woman in Balthazar Couple
Jodie Markell
as Andrea Ford
Sarah Polen
as Seder Guest
Amanda Jacobi
as Seder Guest
Steve Hurwitz
as Seder Guest
Ruth Last
as Seder Guest
Steven Hurwitz
as Seder Guest
Joel Eidelsberg
as Seder Guest
Kenneth Edelson
as Eye Doctor
Ted Neustadt
as MRI Doctor
Peter Gerety
as Psychiatrist
Reiko Takahashi
as Movie Extra
Greg Mottola
as Assistant Director
Jeff Mazzola
as Prop Man
Rochelle Oliver
as Script Supervisor
Joe Rigano
as Projectionist
Maurice Sonnenberg
as Banquet Emcee
Mark Webber
as Tony Waxman
Mary Schmidtberger
as Galaxie Executive
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Critic Reviews for Hollywood Ending

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Audience Reviews for Hollywood Ending

Sadly ridiculous with probably one of the worst casts Allen has assembled for any of his films.

Tony Gandía
Tony Gandía

Super Reviewer

Frustrating. This premise had the potential to yield a very good Woody Allen film, rather than a merely adequate one. The blindness gags could have been much more creative and varied. Instead of just repeating the same weak dilemma of Allen being asked to choose between two props he can't see, why not go further? Show a hideous set with garishly mismatched colors. Show cast members being forced to dialogue in awkward positions: standing too far apart, or facing in opposite directions. Something. What's most surprising that the film-within-a-film's dailies are not shown at all -- this was an easy opportunity for humor lost. One might argue that Allen's comic style is more subtle, but he certainly wasn't above including a broad pratfall and multiple accidents with crashing objects. Still, the story's most annoying flaw is rather simple: Allen's character shows no ability whatsoever to turn his head to the sound of someone's voice. Come on...maintaining this much realism was possible. Meanwhile, Tiffani Thiessen's eye-popping bit part reminds us of what a superstar she would be, if she only could act.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer

First and last thirds (when Woody's not doing his insultingly unconvincing blind man routine) are actually pretty nice. While I love Debra Messing on "Will & Grace," she's too smart to play dumb.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

I have no idea why this movie is always ranked so low with critics. Sure, the casting of Tea Leoni as the female lead was regrettable, but not a huge deal. Sure, Woody has fallen victim to society's predilections for the two-hour film despite the fact that he is marvelous at stuffing a whole life into 80 minutes of celluloid, but even then it lagged very little. It was laugh-out-loud funny, had a sharp and original plot, and save Tea Leoni was pretty well-casted. In particular the Chinese translator.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

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