Definition of Hollywoodize in English:


(also Hollywoodise)


[WITH OBJECT]derogatory, informal
  • Adapt (a story or series of events) so as to conform to the supposed norms of a typical Hollywood film, especially in respect of being unrealistically glamorous, exciting, or simplistic.

    ‘for this movie, the real doctor's life story has been significantly Hollywoodized’
    • ‘In this sense it was already Hollywoodised before it was remade.’
    • ‘I think he is angry with the way the director has 'hollywoodised' real life events.’
    • ‘It has a kernel of truth, although it has been "Hollywoodized."’
    • ‘Since 1999 he has made his name by injecting European depth and quality into Hollywood films while simultaneously Hollywoodising London theatre.’
    • ‘This alleged remake of the classic Sixties Brit heist flick has been Hollywoodised out of existence.’
    • ‘But when I realized that The Return of the King had been utterly Hollywoodized, I finally gave up.’
    • ‘My effort has been to Hollywoodize the form.’
    • ‘Even the love story is overly Hollywoodized; the couple bonds in painfully silly ways.’
    • ‘An obvious weakness to me is that after being 'Hollywoodized' from the original film, it has lost much of its meaning, instead being mainly a fun film that takes viewers along for the ride.’
    • ‘The Christian lowland peasants in the Philippines have been Hispanized during the 400 years of Spanish colonization and Hollywoodized in the 50 years of the American colonial era.’
    • ‘A whisper went round LA along the lines of "how sad that this poor woman's life is going to be Hollywoodised".’
    • ‘But it can't HELP but Hollywoodise them.’
    • ‘In fact, what is most disturbing about this movie is the way in which it has been Hollywoodised—all of the quirky elements of the original have been taken out, to be replaced with generic American plot lines.’
    • ‘While the originals are ethnically specific, albeit Hollywoodised, representations, the remakes are completely severed from the original ethnic soil and become solely the product of Hollywood homogenisation.’
    • ‘But Spielberg does more than Hollywoodize the story.’
    • ‘The decision made to Hollywoodize this crucial human aspect of the story was all I needed to know in my resolution not to waste my money on the ticket price.’