Owen Gleiberman
May 17, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Hollywood Ending

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
115 minutes
Wide Release Date
05/03/02
performer
Woody Allen, Tea Leoni, Debra Messing, George Hamilton, Isaac Mizrahi, Aaron Stanford, Tiffani Thiessen, Treat Williams
director
Woody Allen
author
Woody Allen
genre
Comedy, Drama

We gave it an C-

At 66, Woody Allen is still playing the role of a nervous middle-aged man who acts like a nervous teenager, and it no longer looks good on him. He now just seems like a cranky old uncle who keeps getting older and crankier. This time, his name is Val Waxman, and he’s a once-celebrated Hollywood filmmaker who goes psychosomatically blind just as he’s about to direct his comeback film. The high-concept broadness of the blind-Woody gimmick promises a slapstick jamboree that never arrives. Coming after The Curse of the Jade Scorpion, in which Allen wandered about in a hypnotized haze, the film makes you wonder what’s next: Woody as a paraplegic? A mute eunuch?

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