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Hollywood Ending (2002), PG-13
Analysis Date: May 18, 2002
CAP Score: 44
CAP Influence Density: 1.09

MinMax: -100

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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

Boxart©DreamWorks SKG

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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  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain [shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity]: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
  • Ex. 20:17 ... thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, ...
  • Deut. 5:21 Neither shalt thou desire thy neighbour's wife ...
  • Prov. 7:25 Do not let your heart turn to her [the adulteress/seductress] ways or stray into her paths.
  • 1 Cor. 7:1-2 Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful [cowardly], and unbelieving, and the abominable [vile], and murderers, and whoremongers [sexually immoral], and sorcerers [practitioners of witchcraft, magic], and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
  • Eph. 5:3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God's holy people.

    *******Food for Thought*******
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.

    Hollywood Ending (2002) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • graphic fall

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • 5 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • encouraging to lie
  • lying/deceiving to hide condition throughout
  • excusing arrogance and rebellion with "self-expression"

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • cohabitation, multiple
  • sex talk
  • homosexual presence, twice
  • adult in underwear
  • woman opening robe to man to entice
  • woman putting man's hand on her left breast
  • offers of sex
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure
  • excessive breast exposure
  • admission of sexually immoral behavior

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • party drinking
  • smoking
  • social drinking
  • drinking to relax
  • drinking
  • drunkenness

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • 34 uses of God's name in vain but all without the four letter expletive

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • none noted

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    "There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our nearly seven years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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    (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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