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Scoop **

Tonight’s movie was another Woody Allen film called Scoop. It came out in 2006 and like Match Point, is also set in England. It wasn’t released to stellar reviews but the film isn’t a flop either. If you like Woody Allen films, you’ll probably give it a similar rating to what I gave it. If you don’t like Woody Allen, you probably won’t like this film either. Allen did not appear in the film Match Point (the film he released just before this one). Allen only directed and wrote that one. In this one he has a primary role in addition to directing and writing.

The film has the typical Allen one-liners and they were ok, but when you hear the same ones 3-4 times in a film, it’s gets old. Allen will be 72 this year and he still looks to have the same energy he’s always had. Scarlett Johansson plays a college reporter who gets a “scoop” from a deceased reporter played by Ian McShane (Al Swearengen from the HBO series Deadwood). McShane doesn’t get much screen time so don’t rent the film just to see him. The film basically moves along as Allen and Johansson try to catch a killer of prostitutes. There’s nothing surprising or exciting in this film and you basically get what you might expect from an Allen film. So it gets a ** star average rating from me. It was ok, I didn’t really like it but it was better than a George Bush speech.

Below is a brief synopsis and click here to read the Entertainment Weekly review.

A young American journalist hits the jackpot when she chances upon a major scoop and falls for an upper-crust Brit in this Woody Allen comedy. While visiting friends in London, college journalism student Jade Spence (Scarlett Johansson) beats out Britain’s reporters by exposing a story involving murder and magic, and just as the story heats up, so do things between Jade and a hunky aristocrat (Hugh Jackman). Allen and Ian McShane co-star.

Sam’s 4 star guide:
**** Loved it
*** Really liked it
** Average
* Didn’t like it, wasted my time, would rather have watched a George Bush speech

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March 20, 2007 - Posted by | Movies

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