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Hollywood Ending (2002), PG-13
Analysis Date: May 18, 2002
CAP Score: 44
CAP Influence Density: 1.09
HOLLYWOOD ENDING (PG-13) -- And Woody Allen certainly has a way with word.
Distributed by: DreamWorks SKG
Director(s): Woody Allen
Producer(s): Letty Aronson, Charles H. Joffe, Helen Robin, Jack Rollins, Stephen Tenenbaum
Written by: Woody Allen
Cinematography/Camera: Wedigo von Schultzendorff
Film Editing: Alisa Lepselter
Casting: Laura Rosenthal, Juliet Taylor
Art Direction: Tom Warren
Another Woody Allen shenanigan with his typical almost irritating speech mannerisms. And Woody Allen certainly has a way with word -- God's name in vain, specifically. Thirty-four times. None with the four letter expletive, but used in vain nonetheless. Every time. This movie is a perfect example of the shav' (Strong's 07723, "shawv") or empty use of His name of which God warns us [Deut. 5:11].
Screaming that he has two Oscars while filming a deodorant commercial in frozen tundra, Val Waxman (Woody Allen) barks to his agent Al (Mark Rydell) that he needs something more. Something more does come but in a ragged package. In the offices of Galaxy Pictures run by Hal (Treat Wiliams) who stole Val's wife Ellie (Téa Leoni) [Ex. 20:17, Deut. 5:21], who is now a producer for Galaxy Pictures and engaged to Hal, live-in style [1 Cor. 7:1-2]), shows a soft spot for her ex as the Galaxy team discusses a new $60 million movie, "The City That Never Sleeps" (meaning NYC). But all is not lost in Val's loss to Hal. Val has a live-in pal named Lori (Debra Messing) who is apparently using sex to get parts in Waxman's movies [Prov. 7:25]. In the Galaxy office, Ellie demands that Waxman direct the movie since he is the best one for such a story since he has New York in his blood ... and since Ellie is the boss's paramour. Reluctantly, Hal gives the director chair to Val. Val, Hal, Al. I wonder if that was intended?
All seems to be going well until the first day of shooting the film - the first "daily." Val becomes psychosomatically blind. How is a director to direct the shooting of a movie if he is blind? Begins the pretense, the intricate and tangled web of lies, deceit and trickery [Rev. 21:8]. Since Val does not want to get fired, he uses people as his "eyes." First to be Val's "eyes" is his agent, Al. But the shooting is a closed set. Al is not permitted. Next is the Chinese camerman's interpreter, a student working his way through college. Then Ellie becomes trapped into the web of deceit. Each had to be adept at lying. Each had to convince those around Val that he was not blind. Even one of the stars of the movie tried to seduce Val for personal gain but the writers of Hollywood Ending had Val's blindness as the reason he did not submit [Eph. 5:3]
The movie gets made but according to Hal, it is a $60 million waste. Val gets fired. The reviews are deplorable -- but the French love it. By this time Ellie and Val had gotten back together and they both trot off to France.
A low-grade comedy/romance with a few funny one-line snippets and little romance value, but filled with enough inappropriate programming to make it another R-13. The only violence noted in Hollywood Ending was a fall Val took as he stepped blind off a 2nd floor stage set. And there were no murders or suicides. But in addition to a ton of the use of God's name in vain there were matters such as cohabitation out of wedlock, encouragements to lie, lying, offers of sex, homosexual presences, admission of illegal drug use and excusing arrogance and rebellion with "self-expression." The list goes on ... in the Findings/Scoring section.
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Offense to God (O)(2):
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