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The Curse of the Jade Scorpion

  • Comedy
  • Crime/detective
  • 2001
  • Woody Allen
  • 97 mins
  • 12A

Summary

An insurance investigator and an efficency expert who hate each other are both hypnotized by a crooked hypnotist with a jade scorpion into stealing jewels.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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CW BriggsWoody Allen
Betty Ann FitzgeraldHelen Hunt
Chris MagruderDan Aykroyd
Laura KensingtonCharlize Theron
AlBrian Markinson
George BondWallace Shawn
Eli Voytak "Voltan" PolgarDavid Ogden Stiers
JillElizabeth Berkley
MizeJohn Schuck

Crew

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DirectorWoody Allen

Details

Theatrical distributor
UIP
Released on
2002-12-06
Languages
English | French
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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