Scoop

2006

Scoop (2006)

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Critic Consensus: Rehashing old plot lines and characters, Scoop is a tiresome dipper and another disappointing addition to Woody Allen's repertoire.

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The late U.K. journalist Joe Strombel is being mourned by his colleagues--even as, stuck in limbo, Joe remains committed to pursuing a hot tip on the identity of "the Tarot Card Killer" at large in London. But, how can his legwork get done now? Via the very much alive Sondra Pransky. Sondra is an American journalism student visiting friends in London. During a stage performance by another American, magician Sid Waterman, Sondra is shocked to find herself able to see and hear Joe. From beyond, he gives her the scoop of a lifetime and urges her to pursue it. Sondra immediately starts chasing the big story, enlisting the aid of a reluctant Sid. That chase leads right to handsome British aristocrat Peter Lyman. Soon, Sondra finds that the romance of her life may well be the dangerous scoop she's looking for.

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Cast

Woody Allen
as Sid Waterman
Hugh Jackman
as Peter Lyman
Scarlett Johansson
as Sondra Pransky
Ian McShane
as Joe Strombel
Charles Dance
as Mr. Malcolm
Fenella Woolgar
as Jane Cook
Julian Glover
as Lord Lyman
Kevin McNally
as Mike Tinsley
Carolyn Backhouse
as Vivian's Mother
Sam Friend
as Vivian's Brother
Jim Dunk
as Funeral Speaker
Suzy Kewer
as Splendini's Assistant
Jody Halse
as Stagehand
Matt Day
as Jerry Burke
Elizabeth Berrington
as Antique Shop Woman
Rupert Frazer
as Antique Shop Man
Tina Rath
as Wendy Beamish
Caroline Blakiston
as Mrs. Quincy
Richard Johnson
as Mr. Quincy
Moya Brady
as Screamer
Meg Wynn Owen
as Housekeeper
Anthony Head
as Detective
Robert Bathurst
as Strombel's Co-Worker No. 1
Geoff Bell
as Strombel's Co-Worker No. 2
Christopher Fulford
as Strombel's Co-Worker No. 3
Nigel Lindsay
as Strombel's Co-Worker No. 4
Doreen Mantle
as Joe's Co-Passenger No. 1
David Schneider
as Joe's Co-Passenger No. 2
Meera Syal
as Joe's Co-Passenger No. 3
Julia Deakin
as Sid's Co-Passenger No. 1
Margaret Tyzack
as Sid's Co-Passenger No. 2
Jeffrey Wickham
as Sid's Co-Passenger No. 3
Robyn Kerr
as Tinsley's Fan No. 1
Richard Stirling
as Tinsley's Fan No. 2
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Critic Reviews for Scoop

All Critics (151) | Top Critics (41)

Nestled as it is amid the clamor of the late-summer blockbusters, it's the kind of small pleasure that can make you feel intensely grateful.

Oct 7, 2006

Woody -- enough with the one-liners.

Aug 9, 2006
Observer
Top Critic

It's full of funny lines and clever inventions.

Jul 28, 2006 | Full Review…

The result is decidedly minor Woody, and unlike Match Point, far from essential.

Jul 28, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4

Scoop. It's a tired, thin, almost laughless reminder of the earlier Allen.

Jul 28, 2006 | Rating: 2/5

Scoop is no more than a beguiling trifle. But in the dog days of summer, it's a perk to wallow in inspired silliness.

Jul 28, 2006 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for Scoop

Attempt by Woody to recapture the breezy newspaper comedies of the 40's. The film is okay as an homage but there is a fatal casting error at the heart of it that damages the picture. That would be Scarlett Johansson in the lead, trying to fill the kind of part that Rosalind Russell, Jean Arthur and Carole Lombard pulled off effortlessly in their prime she is overly earnest and not adept at the sort of confident yet tentative mix of emotions the role requires. In short she's trying too hard in a part that the young Diane Keaton would have been perfect in. Woody does rework his standard nebbishy role to good effect though.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

½

Good lord...Woody Allen is so overrated. He even made Scarlett Johansson become a bad actress.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

½

Mediocre movie.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

½

Scoop is Woody Allen's second film with Scarlett Johansson, and it's a combo rom-com/murder mystery. It's also a nice little tribute to magic, something Allen has apparently had an interest in for quite some time. Oh eyah, and there's some supernatural elements too. The story concerns the awkward but beautiful American journalism student Sondra,who is studying in England,and through some odd circumstances, comes into contact with the spirit of a recently deceased journalist. He gives her details about a scoop concerning a rash of serial killings, and his new information (if correct) could really blow the whole thign wide open and bring her much acclaim. Intrigued, Sondra enlists the help of a fellow American, a third rate magician named Sid aka The Great Splendini, to see if the dead journalist's lead, a super wealthy high society playboy really is true. While investing their possible suspect, the usual stuff of drama and comedy, like falling in love happens, creating a complex mess of lies, shenanigans, and fun. I will admit that the film isn't all that original where the muder mystery is cincerned, and it pretty much ends how you think it will, but I didn't really mind it so much, because I found it very entertaining to watch Allen and Johansson go through the motions of playing detectives. It comes off, and I mean this with the highest amount of respect and sincerity, like a neurotic cross between Scooby Doo and typical Woody Allen. The film is very light and not really all that significant, but it's quote entertaining, very fun, and well played. Allen is typical Allen, and, even though he's no longer groundbreaking with his schtick, he's still endearing. Johansson is fun and plucky as Sondra, and I can see why she's been somewhat of a potential muse for Allen over the past decade. Huge Jackman is quite good as the suave playboy Peter, but for me, I really enjoyed seeing Ian McShane as the deceased journalist Joe Strombel. His interactions in the afterlife are a joy, and it's just fun seeing him trade banter with a writer like Woody. This is a nice little romp, but it's best looked at as a lazy afternoon watch sort of thing. It would probably help if you're a diehard of someone in the cast too. Being that I am, I found the film rather agreeable, even though I wouldn't have minded something more substantial. It's got good classical music typical of Woody's films, a few sequences that are, cinematically speaking, not bad, and of course Woody's typical humor and charm. All in all, it's okay, but like I said, you probably should only see this if you're really a completist or a die hard.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

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