Bottom Line: Shockingly unfunny Woody comedy.
“This guy’s the son of a lord! He’ll take us to the tower of London and behead us!” –Woody Allen as Sid “Splendini” Waterman
Directed by: Woody Allen
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Ian McShane, Scarlett Johansson, Woody Allen
The above line is about the funniest line you’ll find in this disappointing, odd Woody mystery-comedy about Sondra (Scarlett Johansson), a young journalism student. She is called up as a volunteer at a children’s magic show put on by Sid Waterman (Woody Allen), who is using the stage name “Splendini”. When she is put in a Chinese box as an illusion, she sees a departed journalist named Joe Strombel (Ian McShane). Strombel tells her of a scoop she has to investigate, about Peter Lyman (Hugh Jackman), an alleged serial killer. She decides to use a false name when tracking down Peter, but when she finds him…he strikes her as attractive, and they start up a relationship.