Hollywood Ending

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +1 1/2

Content: -2 1/2

Allen writes, directs and stars in this comedy about Val Waxman,a neurotic film director trying to make a comeback. Te Leoni is Ellie, his ex-wife who is now engaged to Hal Yeager (Treat Williams), a major film studio head. Although divorced, Ellie still recognizes that Val is the best director for Hal's new movie about New York. Because Val is from New York, Ellie argues that he could make the film blindfolded. Although reluctant, Hal gives in and hires Val. But Val doesn't need a blindfold when he suddenly goes blind. When no physical cause is found, Val is diagnosed with psychosomatic blindness caused by mental trauma. However, Val hasn't done well in pictures since his Oscar win ten years ago and this may be his last chance for a comeback. With the help of his agent and the Chinese translator for his cameraman, Val tries to hide his problem. When Ellie finds out, she tries to help Val keep up the charade. But how will a pictrure made by a blind director turn out? Woody Allen fans may enjoy the humorous behind the scenes activity as he displays his typical neurotic character. Others may find HOLLYWOOD ENDING less stirring.

Although it takes place with film industry characters, both Val and Ellie are living with others and pre-marital relationships are taken as normal. Val's therapist eventually believes the blindness is based in Val's need to reconcile with his estranged rock musician son. Along with several discussions about sex, one scene features an actress in skimpy underwear who offers to do anything sexual for the director. Although no obscenities are heard, numerous profanities punctuate the dialogue. Despite the positive demonstration of loyalty to Val by his agent and ex-wife, as well as restoration of the relationship with his son, HOLLYWOOD ENDING offers too many mis-guided messages about sexual relations and profane dialogue.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Dreamworks SKG, 1000 Flower St., Glendale, CA 91201

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Few times Mild 3

Obscene Language: None

Profanity: Many times Regular 22 (G 5, J 4, C, for C sake, for G sake 11); exclamatory 14 (OMG, MG, OG)

Violence: Few times - Moderate (man falls off balcony, scene of actor shooting another)

Sex: None

Nudity: Near Nudity - Few times (woman in skimpy underwear, low cut evening dress enhances cleavage, low cut jeans on woman)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (comments about self-gratification/ past affairs/ past sexual activity, comment about living together before marriage, actress propositions director - puts his hand on her clothed breast, man kisses woman's neck)

Drugs: Many times - cigarette smoking, alcohol drinking, drunken behavior, reference to past drug use as being stupid

Other: Woman shows loyalty to ex-husband, man tries to reconcile with grown son, son encouraging to father, man tries to hide disability and aided by others

Running Time: 114 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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