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Scoop (2006)

Comedy movie directed by Woody Allen

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A Woody Allen Relapse

  • Nov 22, 2006
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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 Styx with recently departed dead people on board then transferring their conversations about the 'scoop' of revealing a society stud as a Tarot Serial Killer via the machinations of the ridiculous magician entry point into contemporary life, Allen cares little about plot cohesion and more about the quick one-liners.

The good thing about the film is the cast: Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, Ian McShane, and Romola Garai are creative actors who so their best to help Allen pull off this sleeper. Definitely restricted audience for fans of Woody Allen's whiny humor only. No wonder it failed in the theaters! Grady Harp, November 06

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review by . June 20, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
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" …
review by . October 21, 2006
Woody Allen seemed to be losing it at the start of the twenty-first century. The films he released around that time (THE CURSE OF THE JADE SCORPION, SMALL TIME CROOKS, etc.) failed to make a lasting (or for that matter positive) impression on audiences. In 2004 he enjoyed something of a comeback with MELINDA AND MELINDA before bursting back on the scene with his thrilling masterwork MATCH POINT. Now he's back to whip up another slice of cinema greatness, and this is a slice considerably sweeter …
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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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