The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001) - Comedy, Crime, Mystery

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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.

IMDB: 6.8
Director: Woody Allen
Stars: Greg Stebner, Woody Allen
Length: 103 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 23 out of 176 found boring (13.06%)

One-line Reviews (121)

Dan Aykroyd is miscast as Hunt's sleazy boss who is all too predictable.

It is the well written dialog that fits each person delivering the lines; the meticulous attention to detail of a period movie that works like a time machine transporting the audience on a trip to sixty years in the past; the unpredictable humor that fills each predictable twist.

Woody's character is familiar, and extremely entertaining.

Because of this tendency, Allen can sometimes hit his mark with precision and make immensely enjoyable films like Annie Hall (1977) and my favourite, Manhattan Murder Mystery (1988).

The Curse of the Jade Scorpion was a very fun movie to watch and although it was not probably what you would consider a masterpiece it was nevertheless a fun film, and in effect cured a night of potentially absolute boredom.

He just plays himself, and that's a little boring.

) Next we'll see the thrilling escapades of a career counselor.

The DVD picture is fine, the mono sound is boring, the extras are small and relatively unimportant.

Is this really your worst movie, Woody?

A different Allen (TIM ALLEN) would have made this a more entertaining movie, IF he wasn't stuck with Woody's trite and predictable script.

This leads to a totally contrived ending.

But this one I will never sit through a second time because it is absolute TORTURE.

It's quite enjoyable to watch Allen every time he hears Constantinople.

It is entertaining and goes fast.

However, I think that it turned out to be quite memorable and elatedly fun and suspenseful because of the very intelligently written, beautifully acted and incredibly riveting relationship between Woody Allen's insurance investigator and Helen Hunt's quality control woman.

The chemistry between Helen Hunt and Allen was watchable and it was good to see Dan Akroyd as the head of the company, but the whole movie seemed to drag after a while and I must admit, I did struggle to stay awake.

Dan Akroyd's acting was excellent as a rather dull office manager.

This movie was enjoyable and funny...

The writing was so tedious, the acting so stilted (Woody Allen and Helen Hunt?

Uncharacteristic of Allen's usually witty film dialogue, this film had an unusually dull script.

I've seen better films by Mr Allen, but there are few which come across as enjoyable.

Entertaining and hopeful...

Charlize Theron is also excellent as the bored rich socialite.

But, overlooking that minor problem, the movie was entertaining, clever and had me laughing out loud quite a few times.

What's more exciting than the life of an insurance investigator?

The flavorful dialogue between Briggs and Fitzgerald as well as between Briggs and two private eyes is the best thing about this tame but entertaining comedy.

Great cast, but everyone seemed bored and restless.

This formulaic Allen comedy has more vintage standup lines than three of his last offerings.

They were more entertaining than your film.

This movie, however, dragged on and on, rehashing every cliche within it's grasp along the way.

) Next we'll see the thrilling escapades of a career counselor.

Clever Entertaining Film, just recast the leads .

" is highly enjoyable.

This movie was entertaining, no more no less.

Really, I believe that all of Woody's films are worth watching, and I think you either have that attitude or you don't.

It may not be the funniest, a few chuckles here and there, but it's fascinating.

People cheat on each other and even when they judge the act of infidelity we have two characters, Fitzgerald and Magruder engaging in a heated affair.

Even in its reshot version that must count as your worst movie.

is made very clear from the beginning on, leaving no surprises, but the wind up and resolution of the movie are entertaining and complete; I didn't feel at all pushed by the story or trying to make ends meet.

Professor Irwin Corey is also quite enjoyable as Charlie the blind beggar.

Entertaining .

Like many of us, I used to laugh to the point of tears at a Woody Allen film, but his material has become just too drab and recycled to elicit anything more than an occasional chuckle at best.

Plus, the camera work by Zhao Fei and the production design by Santo Luqasto is fascinating to look at for a second.

The Curse of the Jade Scorpion falls under the entertaining types.

The worse thing is how boring the movie is at times.

Hunt was especially dull...

By the end of the film, I grew horribly bored of Allen and Helen Hunt constantly bantering back and forth with unfunny lines such as, "You're a near-sighted cockroach" among others.

It's worth watching for something a little different.

Woody Allen brings laughs and an enjoyable and good movie .

As for the rest of the picture, it is slow and uneven at best.

So save your money and time....

A bit confusing, because all thought that both spells had been broken, so we the audience aren't sure if Hunt was going willingly or not.

If so, show me another director who, on autopilot, can use long takes so gracefully that their boldness only hits us later, who can retain such a sense of pace (Alisa Lepselter's editing is very nimble, and has a nice use of dissolves), and who can spin such an engaging feature-length yarn from the resolutely short-story idea of a hypnotist's act.

I thought "Jade Scorpion" was a very funny film and quite entertaining.

If you don't, this won't be one that makes you a fan, but I do think it will pass a couple of hours in an entertaining fashion.

This film is stupid, boring, with a bad script, the acting was so bad, and the film's ending was quite predictable.

This story that steals ideas combines that stolen ideas into a pretty entertaining, sometimes very funny movie.

This film was dull.

Hunt managed to salvage her role for the second half, and was actually quite enjoyable.

He can always be counted on to make us laugh with his neurotic persona and his snappy writing.

For at least the last twenty years the standard critical idée recue about Woody Allen has been to say "He's not as funny as he used to be", but in the case of "The Curse of the Jade Scorpion" critics of this type have had an unexpected ally, Woody himself, who has said that it is perhaps his worst movie.

With this in mind, I thought I might be in for another evening of Woody Allen-style neurotic mental masturbation, but alas, I was treated to a an evening of an entertaining, if at times topical, movie.

The Curse of the Jade Scorpion is an enjoyable, if light, comedy which delivers entertainment value to rival most successful contemporary releases.

This formulaic Allen comedy has more vintage standup lines than three of his last offerings.

The plot is well written, and is refreshingly entertaining.

By keeping the look of the film warm and almost retro, the director succeeds in creating a film that is visually as enjoyable as the story itself.

Don't watch it and think of how great some of Allen's other movies are, just look at it what it is; an entertaining crime caper with a neurotic central character.

The punch lines were bad and the storyline was boring and predictable.

My partner and I went to see this when we were bored on a Sunday night.

The dialogue is snappy and clever-- some of Allen's best ever-- and he presents it all in a way that sustains interest and makes it thoroughly involving and entertaining.

And yet, despite this miscasting, I cannot agree with Woody that this is his worst movie.

Add to this potent mixture the usual highly complimentary music score, and you have a film which is entertaining, beautifully shot.

But it's relentlessly entertaining and there's a rather sweet love story at the bottom - I think it actually owes more to Billy Wilder's 'The Apartment' than to the classic screwball comedies.

Throw in some very funny lines (there should have been a few more), and you get an immensely enjoyable movie.

My problem is that this attractive film with a fun premise is caught inside a dull and almost (this is painful to say) sophmoric script.

The direction is slow and the music, while appropriate for a Woody Allen film, did not seem right at all for a film of this 1940's genre.

From Woody Allen's disjointed imagination comes a real funny detective story, with more wisecracks than a Bob Hope routine.

While I am not here to give lessons on beginning-middle-and-end, the film is strangely TV-like in going out on a long drawn out time-filling we-are-all-friends-again and the real-bad-guys-are-in-jail style whimper.

Thoroughly enjoyable .

Quite funny and entertaining .

I don't not think, however, it has much to do with his personal life and intriguing and bizarre as it may be...

enjoyable Woody Allen film .

) The movie is also far too long.

I found the movie to be hilarious, my partner and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

We also see a slow and steady love story that makes us realize that maybe the one you were meant to be with was right under your nose, because even when their feelings for each other don't come out until the end, Briggs and Fitzgerald behave as if they are an old married couple.

These range from last year's "Curse of the Vampire" to the posthumously produced "Curse of the Pink Panther", the unfunny "Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen" and any number of shlocky horror films like "Curse of King Tut's Tomb" (with Raymond Burr), "Curse of Frankenstein" (A Cushing-Lee snorefest) or "Curse of the Fly", the sequel to the sequel "Return of the Fly".

The Plot: Extremely predictable.

Actually it became absolutely unbearable especially this time because the role isn't for him at all.

Just a funny piece of fluff, but quite engaging.

This movie was enjoyable from beginning to end.

He does have a unique style of writing and his love for New York and troubled relationships, do work in some of his earlier projects, but I personally find his movies more entertaining when he isn't rambling on.

The jokes are weak and predictable.

It's another "light" offering from the woodster, which got nasty reviews when it came out, but it's enjoyable and fun.

Enjoyable, better than expected - ignore the bad reviews .

Indeed, even a filmmaker like Woody Allen is not committed to perfection, and "The Curse of the Jade Scorpion" remains enjoyable from beginning to start.

Ingenious and Entertaining .

Throw all that in with great production design and some fabulous 30's and 40's era jazz and you've got another swiftly entertaining film.

The use of warm colour and mundane shapes make this film easy to watch, and almost sooths you as you go along for the ride.

The storyline was simply dull, and the dialogue was just not funny.

It was worth watching once.

Frivilous Woody Allen Potboiler with Snappy Dialogue .

That's what my husband called it after we enjoyed it together and I can't agree more.

the chemistry between Allen and Hunt is believable, with witty, snappy dialog, and Woody is back as the underdog comedic hero again.

Nice to look at, but actually pretty boring.

Nevertheless, the film is very enjoyable and I would implore you not to fear the bite of the Scorpion.

What's more exciting than the life of an insurance investigator?

In spite of the wonders of computer animation, robotics, amazing visual effects, incredible sound, and all the other newer conventions of today's films, it is still very difficult to find really enjoyable movies.

Third, unlike some Allen films, this actually has an exciting plot that kept us going right up until the end.

It wraps up in a predictable way?

The plot moves at a good pace, and watching things develop is enjoyable.

The ending is over too soon and is a cop-out, a lot of chemistry between the actors is quite bland- non existent between Hunt and Aykroyd- and Dan Aykroyd is completely wasted in an underwritten role.

Sharp sense of style and enjoyable bouncy music add to the entertainment as well, with another expertly chosen cast ( a trademark element to all his movies) rounding out the goofy story.

A timid but enjoyable come-back to Woody Allen's roots ...

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

While it would have certainly made an entertaining movie, there would have been something lost.

He repeats all of his signature moves again and again in a very boring way and in a very fake performance with all the theatrical hands' moves and else.

After all, "Jade Scorpion" was well written and shot - I thought the plot was very entertaining.

Some are pretty enjoyable.

Even "lesser Allen" is enjoyable and memorable.

It's enjoyable to see the man himself.

"Curse of the Jade Scorpion" is a very enjoyable film.