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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…
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.
Cinico, ironico e travolgente in una maniera incredibilmente sottile che da un lato conferisce leggerezza al film, dall'altro lo rende immenso, profondo più di quanto si direbbe a prima vista o guardando una singola scena a caso. La quantità e la qualità degli infiniti dettagli tecnici e narrativi che Allen assicura ad ogni film è impressionante.
Assurdo come sia riuscito ancora una volta, subito dopo Bullets over Broadway (ma si potrebbero fare anche altri esempi) ad inserire un personaggio diciamo "sopra le righe" e a farlo sembrare sempre naturalissimo, credibile, vero (!), così come lo è ovviamente il resto del cast (uno dei tratti distintivi di Allen è proprio l'estrema naturalezza che pretende nelle interpretazioni degli attori). Così, l'anno dopo…
Ramsey Lewis Trio's "The 'In' Crowd": Perfect for scoring both murders and attempted flings with hookers.
A cute, solid Woody Allen comedy that's not as good as many of the comedies that came before but is worlds better than many that came after.
Allen plays a sports writer who goes searching for the mother of his adopted son, only to find that she's a prostitute. Played by Mira Sorvino, this character is one of Allen's most delightful creations, a Judy Holliday with a foul mouth. In fact, this is one of Allen's raunchier movies, but it's also one of his sweetest. Sorvino walks a tightrope between dingy and heartbreaking that deservedly won her an Oscar.
Allen uses a Greek chorus to comment on the action throughout the film, populated with famous actors like Olympia Dukakis, F. Murray Abraham and Jack Warden. It's a typical Allen gimmick, but it wears thin after a while.
Woody Allen parodia la antigua Grecia con sus habituales fobias, miedos y bromas sobre las relaciones interpersonales en esta entretenida comedia romántica, donde destaca sobre todas las cosas una casi perfecta Mira Sorvino encarnando a una simpática, sexy y no muy brillante prostituta que sin embargo posee un gran corazón.
El mismo Allen, Helena Bonham Carter, F. Murray Abraham yOlympia Dukakis completan un efectivo reparto de un guión firmado por el mismo Allen, donde aparte de sus graciosos momentos destacan toda la parte de la "tragedia griega" que vive el personaje de Lenny eficientemente incorporado por Woody Allen.
A lightweight Allen rom come, let down by his ego and attempt at clinging onto that charmingly neurotic and nebbish character he excelled at playing in younger years but could not pull off with as much charm as he aged. Still, Mira Sorvino is delightful, Bonham Carter is good whenever on screen and there is wit and agility to be enjoyed in the screenplay.
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!