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Overall Rating
2.97

Awesome: 5.33%
Worth A Look36%
Average: 28%
Pretty Bad: 12%
Total Crap: 18.67%

9 reviews, 21 user ratings



Curse of the Jade Scorpion, The
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by Greg Muskewitz

"The real Scorpion King."
4 stars

Woody Allen’s perennial ensemble comedy (though less populated than usual), shuttling back to 1940, where plays an insurance investigator: opponent of technical advancement and a “broad” with a mind.

Helen Hunt’s keen (if not assumptive) company reorganizer ergo stands as a double obstacle to Allen. However, Allen and Hunt are hypnotized (or programmed) to perform “inside jobs” when they are phoned the commands “Constantinople” and “Madagascar” — in addition to falling in love. So it’s a “whodunit” Woody-style, a throwback to simple but cheesy pulp dialogue, with a smoggy, smothering ambiance enhanced by the murky, soupy cinematography. Allen’s stuttering, stumbling pleonasms are a bit messier and clumsily poorer than usual, but Dan Aykroyd’s rigidly forced artificiality is by far the most distracting. It seems that, most of all, what people didn’t get about The Curse of the Jade Scorpion was how much fun it was, and how well its topicality fits within Allen’s oeuvre. No other claims were made.

With Charlize Theron, David Ogden Stiers and Elizabeth Berkley.

[Worth-seeing.]

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User Comments

1/08/13 PAUL SHORTT UNINSPIRED COMEDY WITH FLAT ONE-LINERS 1 stars
4/26/05 Indrid Cold Featherweight, marginally funny drama. Doesn't really do anything particularly bad or good 3 stars
4/07/04 john one of Allens less sucessful recent ventures - not that funny 2 stars
6/18/03 Andrew Callaway Dispite what some people might tell you... it's actually pretty good. 4 stars
5/19/03 George Jung One of the best movies of 2001. 5 stars
5/12/03 Jack Bourbon Well, I thought it was funny. 4 stars
4/19/03 Ubu the Ripper Not one of Woody's best, but not bad. 4 stars
1/13/03 Jack Sommersby Tired and unremarkable. Woody needs some fresh ideas, people. 2 stars
6/02/02 Chris The bouncing score keeps the film fun, fresh, and funny. 4 stars
3/28/02 HHfan Helen Hunt is THE BEST ACTRESS ever!!! 5 stars
2/20/02 Xaver I thought it was quite fun. Have some popcorn. Laugh. 4 stars
2/08/02 Regurja Tate Want good anachronistic acting? Go to Helen Hunt for it! 3 stars
9/18/01 Bud A no brainer campy mystery, fun cast, great period decor, Woody is Woody. 3 stars
9/17/01 Bri good film for what it was. Bang the girl next time thou! 4 stars
9/14/01 Albie Great Allen dialoge, Good banter and great one-liners. Enjoyed 4 stars
9/10/01 Nessus Some good barbs. Fun to watch, Dan Aykroyd felt weird though. 4 stars
9/09/01 Heather Essential for Woody fans, full of sharp insults and funny wisecracks 5 stars
8/27/01 spaceworm "Jaded" would be more like it. 2 stars
8/24/01 steve aubin when i watch this movie, i urinate like a hippo 5 stars
8/22/01 The Boy In The Designer Bubble Great Goddess, when did Woody Allen die? Why hasn't anyone told him he's a living corpse? 1 stars
8/20/01 nat good movie e.berkley good casting did agreat job 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  24-Aug-2001 (PG-13)

UK
  N/A

Australia
  28-Mar-2002 (M)


Directed by
  Woody Allen

Written by
  Woody Allen

Cast
  Woody Allen
  Dan Aykroyd
  Elizabeth Berkley
  Helen Hunt
  Charlize Theron
  Wallace Shawn



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