The Curse of the Jade Scorpion

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Released 2001

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Director:
Woody Allen
Released:
2001
Rating:
PG-13
The Curse of the Jade Scorpion is a 2001 Woody Allen film starring Woody Allen, Helen Hunt, Elizabeth Berkley, Dan Akroyd, and John Schuck. The clever comedy tells the story of an insurance investigator name CW Briggs (Allen) and an efficiency expert (Hunt) who are hypnotized by a thief hypnotist and magician that use them under the power of magic to steal money and priceless jewels for him. Set off by his mere voice over the phone, the two hypnotized fools run all over town stealing everyone's positions. When the hypnosis wears off, they find themselves in their day jobs trying to track down the very people committing these robberies. Little do they know that who they are tracking happens to be themselves. The film is a comedic game of cat in mouse in which the mouse and cat are one and the same. Resorting to often hilarious and even slapstick style antics, The Curse of the Jade Scorpion is a gut-busting quirky little comedy.moreless

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  • 70

    Variety Robert Koehler

    Certainly not a piffle, nor an impressive departure into a new filmmaking realm, Allen's second film in a row about crooks ranks in the middle range of his work.

  • 60

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    A loose- jointed, not especially memorable comic caper with some lovely moments of humorous invention, many patches of clumsy writing and a few game performances.

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    It would be dishonest to deny that Jade Scorpion has amusing moments, but it never gets better than that and often settles for less.

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Comedy, Drama, Suspense

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Thrillers, wine, Independent, Slapstick, Crime