Day 184: Hollywood Ending

5188XC2FFDLIt’s not that Hollywood Ending – Woody Allen’s 33rd time as director – is a bad movie. It’s just not a particularly good, or believable, movie.

When Hollywood Ending was released, Woody Allen was 67. His girlfriend in the film was played by Debra Messing, who was 34 in real life. Age difference: 33 years.

His ex-wife in the film was played by Tea Leoni, who was 36. Age difference: 31 years.

On her IMDB profile, Tea had this to say about her leading men:

“Not to sound like a whore, but I’ve been with…I’ve worked with…some very attractive men. Nicolas Cage…Al Pacino…Ben Stiller…and Woody Allen”.

That made me smile.

But I can’t help but think, “Why is Woody Allen getting older but his leading ladies, romantic love interests, staying the same age as they were decades earlier?”

Granted, one of Woody’s leading ladies was played by Mariel Hemingway, who was 18 in real life at the time. She played a 17-year-old girl still in high school. Woody was 44. Age difference: 26 years.

So there’s definitely a trend in Woody’s films.

I guess if you’re Woody Allen you can get away with it.

Some guys have all the luck.

Day 179: Deconstructing Harry

5190Q1J1FJLAs if the cast of Everyone Says I Love You wasn’t big enough, Deconstructing Harry raises the bar even higher – at least in body count.

The cast for Deconstructing Harry reads like a Who’s Who of Hollywood:

Caroline Aaron
Kirstie Alley
Bob Balaban
Billy Crystal
Judy Davis
Richard Benjamin
Eric Bogosian
Amy Irving
Julie Kavner
Eric Lloyd
Hazelle Goodman
Mariel Hemingway
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Tobey Maguire
Demi Moore
Elisabeth Shue
Stanley Tucci
Robin Wiliams

Unless all those people opted to work for peanuts, the cost for the cast, alone, must have been the entire budget of the movie.

Deconstructing Harry is about an oversexed novelist (Woody Allen) who writes – when he doesn’t have writer’s block – without conscience or guilty about the people in his life, spinning thinly veiled yarns that ruin lives.

“I still love whores,” Harry tells his shrink as they “deconstruct” his life, which is told in flashbacks and covers various relationships and/or sexual conquests he’s had over the years.

Deconstructing Harry is another caustic, foul-mouthed Continue reading

Day 159: Manhattan

51vEMCaXeXLManhattan, one of Woody Allen’s most poignant films, is almost too poignant to watch.

It’s the story of a middle-aged man in love with a girl (Mariel Hemingway) who’s still in high school. This isn’t just a May-December romance, this is an Embryo-December romance that borders on creepy.

Or even pedophilia.

It’s a bittersweet movie, with a terrific cast, that delivers the goods.