Both laughs and thrills are on the masthead in this comedy drama about a would-be reporter written and directed by Woody Allen. Sondra Pransky (Scarlett Johansson) is an American journalism student who travels to England to visit friends. While in London, she attends a magic show where magician Sid “Splendini” Waterman (Woody Allen) brings her on-stage as part of a trick in which he makes her disappear. However, while waiting to be “de-materialized,” she’s visited by the ghost of a murdered reporter (Ian McShane), who passes along the scoop of the decade. The spirit claims that Peter Lyman (Hugh Jackman), the wealthy and handsome son of a well-known aristocrat, is leading a double life as “the Tarot Card Killer,” a serial murderer who has been terrifying the nation and eluding police. With the magician’s help, Jane begins investigating the story and is able to piece together some incriminating evidence against Lyman. However, the more she learns, the more dangerous her investigation becomes — especially when she falls into a romance with the suspected killer.
Woody Allen writes and directs “Scoop” an interesting film about a young aspiring journalist, Sondra Pransky, who stumbles onto a huge story while picked from the audience to assist the great “Splendini” in a magic trick on stage. A dead newspaperman appears to Sondra mid trick and imparts an unbelievable story about who the Tarot Card Killer is. This is when all the fun begins. Sondra and Sid Waterman (Splendini) try to solve the case and make for a humorous team. In one scene Sondra says to Sid, “You are a glass half empty type of person.” Sid responds, “I am not, I see the glass half full only with poison.” This is typical Woody Allen and there are many more quick one liners throughout the film.
As with many of Allen’s films you never know if it will be family-friendly. I would say most of his films aren’t, though Dove has awarded the Dove Seal to one or two of them. The scoop on “Scoop” is that it isn’t a family film due to the fornication scenes and the profane language.