SCOOP

Going Undercover, in More Ways Than One

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Release Date: July 28, 2006

Starring: Woody Allen, Scarlett Johansson, Hugh Jackman, and Ian McShane

Genre: Comedy

Audience: Older teenagers and adults

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 97 minutes

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Content:

(PaPa, FRFR, BB, OO, LL, V, S, N, A, M) Mixed pagan worldview with strong pagan, antinomian (or lawless) false religious attitudes toward pre-marital sex and profanity, strong moral elements where two people try to solve a series of murders, truth is exposed, some evil is overcome, and male protagonist repeatedly says "God bless you" to other people, and strong occult elements where a dead journalist repeatedly escapes from a ship piloted by the Grim Reaper or Death (holding a scythe) to give clues to two people trying to solve a murder case; two light obscenities, six strong profanities and 12 light profanities; some light comic and other violence such as woman pretends to drown and is saved, implied car crash by crashing sound, verbal references to murdered women, and man tries to drown woman; implied pre-marital sex with one couple in bed together about three times and references to prostitutes being murdered; upper male nudity; alcohol use; no smoking or drugs; and, two protagonists go undercover and lie to a suspect in a murder case in order to solve the case, breaking into a locked room, and talk about blackmail.

Summary:

SCOOP is a comic mystery movie from Woody Allen about a pretty American journalism student and a nebbish American magician visiting London trying to solve a serial murder case. SCOOP is very funny and entertaining, and has some moral elements, but it contains some immoral content, foul language and an occult plot device.

Review:

SCOOP is a comic mystery movie from Woody Allen whose chief interest is to entertain the audience. Because of that simple, noble purpose, it is one of Allen's more entertaining works. The movie's worldview is mixed, however, and includes immoral behavior, including foul language.

The movie opens with a dead English journalist, Joe Strombel, escaping the Grim Reaper's boat when he learns that the Tarot Card murderer in London may be British aristocrat Peter Lyman. Sondra Pransky (played by Scarlett Johansson), a pretty American journalism student visiting London, gets the shock of her life when Strombel materializes to her while she's inside a magician's box on a stage in London. Strombel tells Sondra about the scoop on Lyman. She enlists the help of the magician, a nebbish American named Sid Waterman, played by Woody Allen.

With Sid's help, Sondra manages a comic introduction with the handsome Peter Lyman. She poses as the daughter of a rich businessman, played by Sid. Peter is immediately smitten with Sondra. They begin a love affair. As the clues against Peter build up, Sondra is torn between her love for him and the scoop of a lifetime. Meanwhile, Sid fears for her safety.

Woody Allen is very funny as Sid, mostly in a clean way, though there is some foul language. Scarlett Johansson makes a funny crime-solving partner, but her character falls into bed with two men (the first time is just referred to in the dialogue). SCOOP also contains a mixed pagan worldview with pagan, moral and occult elements. The occult elements are used as a comic device so media-wise viewers may be more upset by the movie's profanities and references to pre-marital sex.

In Brief:

SCOOP is a comic mystery movie from Woody Allen. Sondra Pransky, a pretty American journalism student visiting London, gets the shock of her life when a dead journalist materializes to her while she's inside a magician's box on a stage in London. The journalist tells Sondra that the Tarot Card murderer may be British aristocrat Peter Lyman. She enlists the help of the magician, a nebbish American named Sid Waterman, played by Woody Allen. With Sid's help, Sondra goes undercover to investigate Peter, but falls in love with him. As the clues against Peter build up, Sondra is torn between her love for him and the scoop of a lifetime.

Woody Allen is very funny as Sid, in a mostly clean way, though he uses some foul language. Scarlett Johansson makes a funny crime-solving partner, but her character falls into bed with two men (the first time is just referred to in the dialogue). SCOOP also contains a mixed pagan worldview with pagan, moral and occult elements. The occult elements are used as a comic device so media-wise viewers may be more upset by the movie's profanities and pre-marital sex.