Scoop (2006, GBR/USA) C-96m. *** D: Woody Allen. Starring Scarlett Johansson, Hugh Jackman, Woody Allen, Ian McShane, Charles Dance. Johansson is a young journalist just starting out in the business, who is contacted by a famous reporter just after he died(!). He tells her that he knows who is the Tarot serial killer of late, thus giving her the opportunity for the ultimate scoop. Together with stage magician Allen, she tries to make the acquaintance of the purported killer (Jackman). Quite watchable mix of murder mystery and romantic comedy, this has some very funny dialogue. One of Allen's typical whimsical comedies; one wonders why he doesn't aim higher anymore, however.

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