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When Lenny and his wife, Amanda, adopt a baby, Lenny realizes that his son is a genius and becomes obsessed with finding the boy's biological mother in hopes that she will be brilliant too. But when he learns that Max's mother is Linda Ash, a kindhearted prostitute and porn star, Lenny is determined to reform her immoral lifestyle. A Greek chorus chimes in to relate the plot to Greek mythology in this quirky comedy.
“Of all human weaknesses, obsession is the most dangerous, and the silliest!”
When you direct and write a film every year you can’t expect to always deliver a masterpiece, and that is the case with Woody Allen’s Mighty Aphrodite. It’s a delightful and enjoyable film, but it doesn’t seem to add up to much. When you compare it to his extensive filmography it wouldn’t even land in the top half of his best work because it’s far from being memorable. He’s directed so many movies that several of them feel incredibly familiar and for that reason they are easy to forget. He repeats several of the same themes throughout his movies and Mighty Aphrodite isn’t the exception, especially putting a…
Whilst this is obviously one of Woody Allen's smallest works, it's stil a very enjoyable story that captures the irony of life through the funny course of its story. All of it is accompanied by a hilarious tragic chorus that guides the entire narrative.
Allan Stewart Königsberg is always capable of bringing me comfort with his works, even with his weakest films like To Rome with Love, they always bring a smile to my face. This is clearly one of Woody Allen's less rewarding films, but it's still a very good comedy full of funny dialogue filled with simple, yet compelling gags that come from his brilliant mind. The Greek tragedy elements that lead the storyline bring a very humorous…
Film #59 of Project 90
”Achilles only had an Achilles heel, I have an entire Achilles body.”
Mighty Aphrodite is a little funny film from Woody Allen with enjoyable moments, some interesting characters and a pretty agreeable plot. As I said in my review of Manhattan Murder Mystery Woody Allen’s films always offer a minimum amount of fun and while all of them may not be exciting masterpieces but at least you know that they will not disappoint, his unique ability of forming up his universe and his distinctive sense of humor around a plot that sometimes is not making any sense at all is perhaps the main reason why his films always are capable of entertaining the audience, probably…
Performances : 7/10
Story : 7.5/10
Production : 7/10
Overall : 7.17/10
Mira Sorvino was good and everything but I can't see how her performance was Oscar worthy. Then again, I've never seen any of the performances that she was up against in her category. I really just though she was doing a great Jennifer Lawrence impersonation before Jennifer Lawrence found out that doing her Jennifer Lawrence thing was adorably funny.
"Jesus, no he won't. Your paranoia is only rivalled by Joseph Stalin."
Mighty Aphrodite is an interesting comedy that is rooted in the idea of a modern Greek tragedy. It even opens with a chorus introducing the film while drawing comparisons to the tale of Oedipus and characters out of Homer's epic poems. Hell, the film is called Mighty Aphrodite for Pete's sake. Yet, although the chorus exist in the standard ancient setting, the majority of the film takes place in modern-day New York. The film revolves around Lenny (Woody Allen) and Amanda (Helena Bonham Carter), and their impulsive decision to adopt a child. As the child, named Max, grows up to be a gifted individual, Lenny is set on…
This was what I expected, and exactly what I needed, when popping in a 90s Woody Allen film. It's got some great gags and one-liners, Woody's neurotic views on life and his consistently great ability to weave intelligent human drama in & out amongst his ensemble cast.
It's also a very light film and one you could potentially forget shortly after it's over. The greek choir, both in song and various interjections, is a mixed bag only working in a few instances. Woody is classic Woody playing sportswriter Lenny Weinrib, but Mira Sorvino is what stands out as adult actress Linda Ash, certainly deserving of her Best Supporting Actress Oscar. She somehow manages to endear and appeal while being a loud-mouthed…
The whole thing is kind of bittersweet but it’s a really great and unique story of love and loss. I don’t feel it quite has the ending the audience deserves but it’s still brilliantly witty and worth a watch.
While not one of Woody's great films, there is alot of fun to be had with this comedy.
More Mira Sorvino, less Greek chorus.
71/100 - Mr Pink
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As part of my attempt to watch 366 films this year I seem to be watching a lot of Woody Allen, partly because I have never seen any before this year and partly because a lot of them seem to be available on netflix. Mostly I have found them mildly amusing and not laugh out loud funny, only elevated to 3 stars because they at least have a few pearls of wisdom in them. This is the first film (other than Bananas) that I genuinely laughed at several times while also seeing some depth and thoughts about the human condition. This dates from 1995 and Woody is starting to appear a little old and creepy in comparison to the female leads, but nevertheless it is one of his better films.
Una de mis favoritas de Allen.
Fine Woody Allen made even better by Mira Sorvino's ravishing presence and performance. The script is structured like a Greek tragedy, which makes the musical interruptions from the chorus a liitle grating for my taste, but the narrative is filled with ironic little twists and turns that make for an enjoyable natrative.
Por el humor característico de Woody Allen esta película es muy disfrutable. Un guión ligero con frases ingeniosas y divertidas pero con una historia bastante predecible. Sin ser de sus mejores trabajos me sacó varias risas. Dominguera.
The chorus doesn't always work, but it's a fun, lightweight Woody picture, and sometimes that's all you need.
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