One Scoop or Two? None

Woody Allen's new comedy-mystery is missing a couple of key ingredients: comedy and mystery

A handsome, charming Brit with a possible corpse or two in his closet: this was the premise of Match Point, Woody Allen's sharpest film in ages and his first to crack $20 million at the domestic box office since Hannah and Her Sisters. Allen must have thought it was worth a replay, with Scarlett Johansson again serving as the love interest. Hence Scoop, which twists Match Point's rogue's-progress plot into a kind of detective story and its tone from scathing social drama into what must officially be labeled comedy.

The gentleman under suspicion is Peter Lyman (Hugh Jackman), a moneyed chap who...

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