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Parents' Guide to

The Curse of the Jade Scorpion

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Older kids may like this Woody Allen comedy.

Movie PG-13 2001 103 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 14+

Woody is slipping

I've enjoyed many of Woody's films. This one - not so much. Although loaded with talented actors, the script gives them little to work with. Helen Hunt is almost robotic. Allen stammers around & delivers his lines without conviction and very little humor. Even the soundtrack music is repetitive and rather uninspired. In short...it was a waste of my time. Don't waste yours unless you're really hard up for entertainment.
age 13+

A brilliantly funny comedy

This movie flows with the style that you come to expect with a Woody Allen film. The characters are great and the situations between the two main characters are simply amazing.

This title has:

Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Woody Allen pays loving tribute to noir movies like Double Indemnity and The Big Sleep with this delicious comedy for grown-ups. This is the lightest of light comedies, silly but sophisticated. It's unapologetically pitched at people old enough to understand a reference to Mussolini and appreciate Charlize Theron's dead-on take on spoiled rich femme fatales played by Lauren Bacall and Gail Patrick. Allen's quirky casting (starting with himself as the leading man) may not work for some audiences, but it can be fun to watch. Hunt is particularly fine as a woman who is not as sure of herself and her choices as she would like to be.

This story is reminiscent of Allen's segment in New York Stories, in which a magician makes Allen's character's secret desire come true by making his smothering mother disappear, but then she appears as a looming image in the sky and everyone in Manhattan can hear her noodging. In this movie, we again have a magician creating some real magic with unexpected romantic consequences. Possibly, Allen is trying to say something about connections between love and magic, guilt and freedom, or heart and brain.

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