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It's been said that behind every great man is a great woman, and few prove this better than writer-director Woody Allen. Having done some of his best work alongside Diane Keaton (Annie Hall, Manhattan) and Mia Farrow (Hannah and Her Sisters, Zelig), Allen has found his next great female foil in Scarlett Johansson, who shines as brightly here as she did in last year's Match Point.
In this comic caper, Johansson is a journalism student who pairs with Allen, a vaudeville-esque magician, to investigate a dashing British royal (Hugh Jackman) after getting a tip from a recently deceased newspaper reporter. Sure, it sounds a bit daft, and it is, but Scarlett and Woody make up for it by being hilarious together--in a nebbishy father/put-upon daughter kind of way. Add in a couple of classic Allen-esque self-deprecating zingers and you've got yet another good one from Woody and his latest lady.
--Paul Semel