The Curse of the Jade Scorpion

The Curse of the Jade Scorpion

Woody Allen (2001)

97min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Woody Allen is in nostalgic mood for this handsome tribute to the 1940s crime B-movie. But he not only misses the timbre of hard-boiled argot, but also allows his pastiche plot to meander in a manner unthinkable in the bad old days of the 60-minute programme-filler. Yet, what really prevents a potentially diverting project from taking off is the love/hate mismatch between Allen's hapless insurance investigator and Helen Hunt's efficiency expert, who have been hypnotised into doing the bidding of nefarious showman David Ogden Stiers. Dan Aykroyd and Charlize Theron gamely boost underwritten supporting roles, but nothing disguises the lethal lack of inspiration.

Summary

A veteran insurance investigator commits a robbery at the behest of a sinister hypnotist. Waking the next morning, he has no recollection of the crime - and no idea he has been set up. Comedy, directed by and starring Woody Allen. With Dan Aykroyd, Helen Hunt and Charlize Theron.

Cast & Crew

CW Briggs Woody Allen
Chris Magruder Dan Aykroyd
Betty Ann Fitzgerald Helen Hunt
Laura Kensington Charlize Theron
Sam John Tormey
Mize John Schuck
Jill Elizabeth Berkley
Rosie Kaili Vernoff
Alan Brian Markinson
Ned Peter Gerety
Director Woody Allen
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPAvailable on: video and DVD
Comedy