Sondra Pronsky (Scarlett Johansson) is an American journalism student on holiday in London with her friend Vivian (Romola Garai). On a trip to the theatre to see magician Sid Waterman (Woody Allen), Sondra has an unlikely encounter with recently deceased Joe Strombel (Ian McShane), a journalist famous for getting the latest ‘scoop’.
Joe tells Sondra that Peter Lyman (Hugh Jackman), son of Lord Lyman, is in fact the ‘Tarot Card Killer’, a serial murderer who preys on prostitutes. The killer left a clue at his latest murder, which Lord Lyman’s secretary, now dead, passed on to Joe. Sondra, of course, finds this hard to believe. Nevertheless, with the help of Waterman, who poses as her father, she sets out to find the truth.
Sondra manages to set up a meeting with Peter Lyman, who is instantly attracted to her and dazzles her with his charm and good fortune. Sondra falls in love with Lyman and is very relieved when someone else is arrested for the murders. But not all is as it seems and Sondra finds herself in great danger.
Murder; life after death
There is some violence in this movie including:
- Characters talk about women being murdered (nothing is actually shown).
- Sid dies in a car crash (nothing actually shown).
- Peter pushes Sondra into the lake to drown her
- Sondra goes to interview an actor called Michael Tinsley who plies her with alcohol. Vivian later asks her how the sex was but Sondra can’t remember because she was too drunk. Vivian says she wouldn’t mind a roll in the hay with Michael Tinsley.
- Sid says Sondra has a problem with promiscuity.
- Sid asks Sondra if she gained anything from her weekend other than the chance of pregnancy.
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
Alcohol, drugs and other substances
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
- Alcohol is drunk at a number of different settings.
Nudity and sexual activity
There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:
- Sondra and Peter are shown kissing and sleeping together apparently naked but they are covered by sheets.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
- Walkers chips
- Cobra beer
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
Ideas to discuss with your children
Scoop is a black comedy about life and death, which shows that reality isn’t always what it appears to be. The main message from this movie is not to be deceived by appearances.
This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children attitudes and behaviours, and their real-life consequences, such as:
- the consequences of casual sex.
- beliefs about life after death.