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With Hollywood Ending, Woody Allen good-naturedly bites the hand that feeds him. The modern studio system is a ripe target for Allen’s rapier wit, but the veteran writer-director goes a delicious step further by playing a has-been filmmaker who suffers from psychosomatic blindness--during the production of his big-budget comeback! Rather than sabotage his career, he proceeds to direct the film with guidance from his Chinese cinematographer’s translator, telling his agent (played by another veteran director, Mark Rydell) while hiding the truth from his ex-wife and producer (Téa Leoni), her studio honcho husband (Treat Williams), and his ditzy actress girlfriend (Debra Messing), who has a small role in the film. Chaos ensues--and so does Allen’s predilection for casting much-younger female costars--but Hollywood Ending favors a more contemplative blend of comedy and drama, peppered with memorable punch lines and blessed with, yes, a Hollywood ending that’s as entertaining as the mayhem that precedes it. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Tea LeoniEllie
George HamiltonEd
Treat WilliamsHal
Woody AllenVal
Debra MessingLori
Mark RydellAl
Marian SeldesAlexandra
Tiffani ThiessenSharon Bates
Jodie MarkellAndrea Ford
Greg MottolaAssistant Director
Mark WebberTony Waxman

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Woody Allen
  • Producer: DreamWorks
  • Length: 112 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaMay 3, 2002
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 1, 2003
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