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½ July 20, 2013
One of the many average and trivial Allen's comedies.
June 9, 2013
Entertaining middle of the road Allen.
June 1, 2013
Not his best but funny
½ April 20, 2013
I could have been funny, it's NOT.
April 17, 2013
The French are not all as crazy as Godard !! lol
January 20, 2013
A very good idea but poorly executed.
½ January 9, 2013
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.
January 5, 2013
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.
December 15, 2012
...a mere shadow of his former work.
December 1, 2012
Not funny.. I expected a lot more
September 20, 2012
Val Waxman (Allen) es un neurótico director de cine que, tras conseguir dos veces el Óscar, ha caído en el olvido. El fracaso lo ha llevado al mundo de la publicidad, pero él anhela desesperadamente volver a los escenarios. A pesar de que lo abandonó por un gran productor, su ex-mujer (Téa Leoni) sigue confiando en su talento y le propone dirigir una película de gran presupuesto que produciría su novio. Pero justo antes de empezar el rodaje, Val se queda ciego. Como no está dispuesto a desaprovechar esta oportunidad, decide ocultar su ceguera a todo el mundo y seguir adelante con la película.
September 6, 2012
Woody Allen had written the play version of this film in 1969, and it was optioned by Paramount Pictures immediately, and the film version was directed by Herbert Ross (Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969), Pennies From Heaven (1981)), but Woody stuck around to do the screenplay and even star in it. The film is very funny, with some good dialogue, and it's a look at the frustrations people go through with relationships. Set in San Francisco, Allan Felix (Woody) has just gone through a rather sudden divorce from his wife Nancy (Susan Anspach), but Allan is supported by his friends Linda (Diane Keaton) and Dick (Tony Roberts), who try to link him up with other women, and a couple of them turn out to be complete disasters. Allan's favourite film is Casablanca (1942), even though he knows he'll never be like Humphrey Bogart in the film, it's not long before the ghost of Bogart (Jerry Lacy) appears to Allan, and gives him advice on his relationship. Meanwhile, Linda's relationship to Tony is going through a rocky patch, and she finds solace in Allan, and it's not long before they have an affair, but Dick is a good friend to Allan, and it leaves Allan in a jam. It's a funny film, and a good timepiece of San Francisco in the early 1970's. It's well filmed with some good moments of witty humour, Woody handling the one-liners and even physical comedy well. It's a mystery as to why he didn't direct it, but he was about to do Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask) (1972) at the time, so maybe that's why.
July 23, 2012
Allen has this annoying habit of half developing his concept, which is why his filmography is full of highs and lows, though somehow he always seems to be able to write witty and memorable dialogue.
July 13, 2012
½ June 21, 2012
Not the best work of Woody Allen, but, although the execution is lethargic, Hollywood Ending is a sort of fun as the work of Woody Allen often.
½ June 21, 2012
Woody, what happened?
April 14, 2012
A really funny look inside Hollywood.
½ March 24, 2012
Woody thinks Hollywood is a strange and hollow place. I'll agree
March 20, 2012
The producers meets weekend at Bernie's and Manhattan. Woody Allen does not disappoint, even if he truly believes the phrase: "Thank God the French exist."
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