Scoop is the 36th film written and directed by Woody Allen.
Woody Allen stars as Sid Waterman, also known as The Great Splendini. An American magician on tour in London, he meets a young journalism student named Sondra Pransky, played by SCARLETT JOHANSSON, and becomes involved in a dead journalist’s final story. The investigation is to uncover the identity of the Tarot Card Killer. Can it really be the charming Peter Lyman, played by Hugh Jackman?
SCOOP reunited Allen with SCARLETT JOHANSSON and London. The three had just seen massive success with MATCH POINT the year before in 2005. But as usual for Allen, he had already started making Scoop well before Match Point was released. Coming off that acclaimed murder drama, Scoop seems unbearably light weight. Seen in isolation, Scoop stands up a lot better, and a bit of fun.
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I hadn’t seen this film in a long time, and my memories of it chimed very much with your podcast. I watched it again, prepared to quibble about its weaknesses. Instead I found myself laughing out loud (how rarely does that happen with a film?) Woody and Scarlett are superb together, much funnier than I expected. The faux father/daughter idea is brilliant. I agree that parts of the murder mystery are pretty clunky and a bit lazily done. I don’t think Woody was that interested in the mystery element. But everything else sparkles so much it’s easy to overlook the nuts and bolts of the story. Having said that, even the supernatural elements seem to blend well and actually work. One thing I’m surprised no-one has mentioned (or I missed it) is how much Sid (Woody) appears to be channelling Danny Rose! But who’s complaining!