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Scoop (2006)

Comedy movie directed by Woody Allen

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Very Enjoyable and Entertaining!

  • Jun 20, 2007
This is a real fun movie that seems to capture the feel of some of Allen's "middle" work like Live and Death. A boatload of people are being carried by Mr. Death on a boat to their final destination in the afterlife. Two of the people start up a conversation. One was a newspaper journalist and the other a woman. The woman tells him that she was murdered by a high society gentleman. The reporter decides that this is the scoop of the century and must escape from Mr. Death so he can give the "scoop" to another reporter.

He materializes in the middle of a magic trick where Scarlett Johannsen is being made to disappear in a box. He tells her what he knows before he disappears. Johannsen enlists the aid of the magician (Woody Allen) to prove the allegations of the "ghost" and nail the "scoop" in the newspaper. Allen relucantly agrees to help only because he sees the ghost too.

The two pose as father and daughter and get in the good graces of the society man (Hugh Jackman). The rest of the movie unfolds as Johannsen and Allen try not to blow their cover and get enough evidence to implacate Jackman. In the meantime it gets more and more difficult as Johannsen has fallen in love with Jackman.

Johannsen is very likable with a personality similar to "Ugly Betty" and Allen still has good comedy skills and is sometimes hilarious as he does card tricks in front of very aristocratic people who are guests at several of Jackman's parties.

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review by . November 22, 2006
Woody Allen seems to have two personas: one writes and directs works such sensitive works as Matchpoint and Interiors, the other writes and directs himself in silly slapstick movies that only a Woody Allen fan tireless of his old used jokes and self promotion can tolerate, such as Scoop.    This flimsy film seems to have been designed to give Allen screentime for his tired jokes in the company of some very good actors. Splitting his tale between Charon's boat crossing the river …
review by . October 21, 2006
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Light and charming,Scoopblends murder, ghosts, and falling in love. While inside of a magician's magic cabinet, aspiring journalist Sondra Pransky (Scarlett Johansson,Lost in Translation) is visiting by the ghost of a dead reporter (Ian McShane,Deadwood) who has gotten a hot tip in the afterlife: A rising young politician named Peter Lyman (Hugh Jackman,X-Men) may be the notorious serial killer who leaves tarot cards by his victims. With the magician (writer-director Woody Allen) in tow, Sondra sneaks her way into Lyman's life--and, despite increasing evidence that the tip is true, finds herself falling in love with him.Scoopis stronger than Allen's last film, the overratedMatch Point; moment to moment, scene to scene, it's his most zippy and entertaining movie in years. It still suffers from laziness--Allen seems unwilling to look at the plot's holes and find a way to sew them up--and Allen's own persona, with his now-rote comic stutterings and hesitations, drags on the film's momentum. Despite this,Scoophas flashes of suspense and wit that, in an unknown filmmaker, would be cause for celebration. Also featuring Charles Dance (White Mischief) and Romola Garai (I Capture the Castle), one of the few actresses who can compete with Johansson in lusciousness.--Bret Fetzer
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Director: Woody Allen
Genre: Comedy
DVD Release Date: November 21, 2006
Runtime: 96 minutes
Studio: Universal Studios
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