Entertainment Weekly

Stay Connected

Subscribe

Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content

Article

HOLLYWOOD ENDING

Posted on

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:
11575
genre:
Comedy, Drama

We gave it a 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?

Comments