Hollywood Ending

Year: 2002
Studio: Dreamworks SKG
Director: Woody Allen
Writer: Woody Allen
Cast: Woody Allen, Ta Leoni, Treat Williams, George Hamilton, Debra Messing

The device of having washed up auteur Val (Allen) lose his vision from psychosomatic blindness was funny enough but seemed a level of both complication and slapstick Woody Allen films seldom need. His work is funny enough just on characterisation and dialogue and this sort of device plotting almost feels like overkill.

The reason the hapless, fumbling, Woody Allen-ish film director goes blind as soon as his big comeback shoot starts is because he's sick with nerves at working with his ex wife Ellie (Leoni), a studio executive who's now dating the studio head (Williams).

It feels like a Woody Allen movie for the first third before it becomes a situation comedy of a small coterie of co-conspirators learning about Val's blindness and trying to hide it from the powers that be (with some Allenesque touches).

You can look at the premise in an overarching sense as being a satirical comment on how some movies are so bad these days the director might as well have been blind if you like, but otherwise just enjoy the skewering of Hollywood types with maturity and an adult sense of humour.

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