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The Curse of the Jade Scorpion
The Curse of the Jade Scorpion
Actors: Woody Allen, Dan Aykroyd, Helen Hunt, Charlize Theron, Elizabeth Berkley
Director: Woody Allen
Genres: Comedy
PG-13     2002     1hr 43min

An insurance investigator & an efficiency expert who hate each other are both hypnotized by a crooked hypnotist with a jade scorpion into stealing jewels. Studio: Paramount Home Video Release Date: 04/12/2005 Starring: ...  more »

     

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Actors: Woody Allen, Dan Aykroyd, Helen Hunt, Charlize Theron, Elizabeth Berkley
Director: Woody Allen
Genres: Comedy
Sub-Genres: Woody Allen, Dan Aykroyd, Woody Allen
Studio: Dreamworks Video
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 01/29/2002
Original Release Date: 01/01/2001
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2001
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 43min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Peter Q. (Petequig)
Reviewed on 2/10/2011...
Pretty good Allen movie.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Jane J. from FORT WAYNE, IN
Reviewed on 5/13/2010...
This is a charming movie. It's just fun from start to finish. It wouldn't be at the top of the list for Best Woody Allen movies, but, ranked against the lot of modern film comedies, it's a keeper.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Daniel A. (Daniel) from EUGENE, OR
Reviewed on 2/8/2010...
This had many comic moments. None of the many one-liners really worked, although the cast all seem to enjoy the film.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Stop looking for another Manhattan and enjoy the movie!!!
Jason Singer | Chicago, IL | 08/24/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"All these self-appointed Woody Allen experts who long for the brilliance of Woody's introspective era of film making are missing the point. WAKE UP! He stopped making those movies 15 years ago! What Jade Scorpion IS is FUNNY! It's wall-to-wall classic Woody Allen one-liners. This is NOT "a very bad movie" as one other critic here suggests. It's a very funny way to spend 90 minutes. This has infinitely better jokes than any of the other crap coming out of Hollywood and the jokes AREN'T based on bodily functions! In the pacekd house I saw it in, also a sneak preview, EVERYONE was laughing hard and loud throughout and buzzing when it was over. There are a couple points where the action meanders, but the one-liners that follow make you forget them. While I think Helen Hunt is a little stiff, Woody is at his joke-telling best. Noone can deliver the jokes like he can (which is why, I imagine he continues to play the leading man roles in his films instead of letting someone else butcher them, ie "Celebrity"). The secondary characters are all adequate and as usual, fit the look and feel of the film to a tee! Overall, not his best movie of the past ten years, but certainly as funny as anything he's put out in some time. Hmm...let's see, American Pie 2, Scary Movei 2, Rush Hour 2...umm...I'll take a slightly above average Woody Allen film, please!!! Relax, have some popcorn, and laugh!"
Take A Vacation In Madagascar
Chad Spivak | North Miami Beach, Florida | 08/15/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This movie can be summed up in one word...funny. Woody Allen has written and directed many films, and he completely amazes me in that he can still come up with hysterically new concepts.THE CURSE OF THE JADE SCORPION takes place in 1940 where Woody Allen plays C. W. Briggs, an investigator for an insurance company. Classified as "more lucky than good," Allen plays his typical underdog/unsung-hero type role. His main adversary, Betty Ann Fitzgerald played by Helen Hunt, is the company's efficiency expert, not to mention the boss' mistriss. At a birthday party, these two are placed under a spell, and never released. Every once in a while the two are called upon to steal valuables while under the trance, making them the perfect theives.In a screenplay loaded with sarcasm and witty dialogue, the film is quite enjoyable. Hunt is the perfect compliment to Allen, as her timing couldn't have been better. Dan Akroyd also plays an good part as the Chris McGruder, the owner of the company. His straightforward demeanor is a nice counterpart to the snappy punchlines throughout the film.This is an entertaining film that will cause you to laugh out loud several times. A good cast coupled with an easy, humorous storyline will keep you wondering if they will ever catch the bad guy. THE CURSE OF THE JADE SCORPION is a good film. It will not disappoint."
Woody Allens back again...just not as sharp
snlkidsinhall | Topeka, Kansas United States | 09/09/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"There are things you can look forward to every year...tax season, winter, spring, summer, fall...a new Woody Allen film. Last year was 'Small Time Crooks', an uneven, yet a fulfilling and funny Woody Allen film that made me reminisce of his older movies like 'Take the Money and Run.' His latest one takes the nostalgia of 'Radio Days' mixes it with the mystery in 'Manhattan Murder Mystery' and gives you the constant one liners of 'Annie Hall'. There are things you can always expect from a Woody Allen film...the jazz music, the same title cards, some of the same reoccurring themes...yet each one is just as original as the other.
His newest movie released August 24th, is a subtle, smart nostalgic romantic-comedy-mystery. Set in 1940, "Curse" is about an insurance investigator (Allen) who seems to be a thief but isn't and two people (Allen and Helen Hunt) who seem to hate each other but are actually madly in love. It's also about hypnotism, which is the catalyst that brings these lovers togeher.
Allen, plays CW Briggs, a smart-aleck insurance investigator who has a nose for scams and robberies. Briggs works for Northcoast Insurance, where he's a star investigator. Hunt plays Betty Ann Fitzgerald, the efficiency expert that is out to get Briggs. The two absolutely hate each other. He compares her to Mussolini, while she calls him various insulting names. Briggs' boss, Chris Magruder (Dan Aykroyd) is having an affair with Hunt which only tangles things together even more.
At an office birthday party for co-worker George Bond (Wallce Shawn) held in a local nightclub, show-biz mesmerist Voltan (David Ogden Stiers) hypnotizes Briggs and Betty and gets them to romance each other on stage. Even worse, the villainous Voltan programs them for instant obedience to all his commands, as soon as they hear the key words "Constantinople" (Briggs' cue) and "Madagascar" (Betty's).
Voltan calls up Briggs and orders him to commit a string of jewel robberies at the mansions where Briggs himself installed the security. At night he is robbing these mansions, during the day he is investigating the robberies. Soon everyone suspects him as the robber, but this is just where the movie starts getting really funny.
My personal favorite scenes were the ones between Briggs and Laura Kensington (Charlize Theron). Theron burns up the screen as the nymphomaniac daughter of one of the robbery victims; she is a Veronica Lake look alike. The chemistry between Allen and Theron was one of the giddiest and most enjoyable twists to this movie. Theron's part is a notch above a cameo role but she stands out, which is a good thing.
Woody Allen of course plays a version of himself, which I never get tired of. Helen Hunt is mediocre to say the least, something about her in this part just didn't click with me, I would've loved to see Diane Keaton back again with Woody Allen in this role. Dan Aykroyd played a more serious role, which takes a while to get used to because its Aykroyd we're talking about here. But he pulls it off nicely. My biggest complaint is Elizabeth Burkley whose acting is as hollow as her career has been. She could've nicely stole every scene she was in as the office secretary, instead she made me cringe.
The movies plot progression takes a while to get used to, this is due to the direction of Allen, who in his old age isn't as sharp as he used to be. The script is filled with funny one-liners, but they never build up to be what they should be. Zhao Fei's cinematography is subtle yet brings alive the era, the style and the setting.
This, in the end, is a send up to the 1940's genre of films from Hitchcock to Bogart to Bob Hope. Allen and Hunt remind me of Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn. This movie is not flawless, but its fun, its interesting, it's a nice nostalgic journey and the ending is one of the best conclusions I've ever seen, without using any words Allen had me rolling in the aisle and leaving the theatre with a huge grin on my face."