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The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Mystery  -  24 August 2001 (USA)
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An insurance investigator and an efficency expert who hate each other are both hypnotized by a crooked hypnotist with a jade scorpion into stealing jewels.

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CW Briggs is a veteran insurance investigator, with many successes. Betty Ann Fitzgerald is a new employee in the company he works for, with the task of reorganizing the office. They don't like each other - or at least that's what they think. During a night out with the rest of the office employees, they go to watch Voltan, a magician who secretly hypnotizes both of them, in order to use them for his dirty schemes. The next evening already, Briggs makes his first robbery, and when he wakes up in the morning he has no memory of it. Things get really complicated when he starts investigating the case. Will he be able to uncover... himself? Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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24 August 2001 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$696,164 (France) (14 December 2001)

Gross:

$7,585,551 (Europe) (14 December 2001)
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Tom Hanks and Jack Nicholson both turned down the role of C.W. Briggs. So Allen decided to play the role himself. See more »

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The copy of "The New York Times" in the film lacks a hyphen in its name, although the hyphen wasn't dropped from "The New-York Times" until 1971. See more »

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C.W.: My clergyman - who happens to be wanted for pederasty - will vouch for me.
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Funny With A Good Cast
25 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here's an entertaining crime story set in 1939 with nice atmosphere and colors and the normal Woody Allen wacky humor.

If you enjoy man-versus-woman insult exchanges, you'll love this as Allen and Helen Hunt trade clever barbs back and forth at a rate that reminded of an old Marx Brothers film. Many of the lines are funny with Allen, since it's his film, delivering most of them.

The story goes on a bit too long but overall keeps your interest. The women in here, from Hunt to the office girl (Elizabeth Berkely) to Charlize Theron playing a Veroncia Lake-lookalike are all glamorous.

Dan Akroyd, David Ogden-Stiers, Wallace Shawn and John Schuck are all veteran comedians who know their trade so the movie offers a lot of quality yuks. I'm surprised this movie isn't better known. I really enjoyed it the first time but laughed even more on the second viewing. Silly, but fun.


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