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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)

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$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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Quotes

C.W.: There's a deck of cards with naked women on it.
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Music by Duke Ellington
Lyrics by Mitchell Parish & Irving Mills
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27 August 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Comedy set in 1940 about an insurance investigator (Woody Allen) locking horns with an efficiency expert (Helen Hunt) while a string of suspicious jewel robberies are going on. Only average Allen comedy...but that's still 70% better than the typical Hollywood film.

It's fairly well-acted...Allen is, frankly, way too old for this (he's 65 and he's getting women in their 20s and 30s??? PLEASE!) but he gives a good performance; Hunt is simply wonderful...she looks great in the 40s outfits and her verbal sparring with Allen was hilarious; Charlize Theron looks fantastic but is shamefully wasted and (in a huge surprise) Elizabeth Berkeley actually gives a halfway decent performance!

The script is OK if a tad unbelievable. And the movie looks fantastic...the costumes and the sets really evoke the 1940s. So, it's OK, but no great shakes.


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