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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…
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…
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…
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.
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…
"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 movie is another example that shows the insecurity of men in relation to women's ability to give birth and care. reminds me of "broken flowers" by Jim Jarmusch.
Though I've loved the New York City-native Mira Sorvino in two plum roles of fluff she earned for making this ('Romy and Michele's High School Reunion' and 'The Replacement Killers'), this is her finest hour, in a humourous tale of the battle of heredity and environment in what truly makes up a person. It's a bizarre, but fun, idea of Woody's to combine his story with the Greek chorus, and is definitely one of his more charming pictures.
The film won one of its two Oscar nominations: Sorvino took home in Best Supporting Actress; while Allen lost for Best Screenplay Directly for the Screen to Christopher McQuarrie for 'The Usual Suspects' (but he's won three of the 16 times he's been nominated for writing, so don't feel bad for him). Definitely worth a look if you want a good laugh and love Sorvino, and worth a purchase and re-watches if you are an Allen enthusiast, like I am.
Aaah sweet Woody Allen how can you not love him. He is actually not as extremely nutters in this film and keeps his excentricity on a settled level and together with a fine performance from Mira Sorvino makes the film an easygoing and pleasant watch.
Starts off a bit strangely, but slowly gets better. Ends up being ok. And Mira Sorvino is a mighty aphrodite indeed!
Maybe I need a re-watch on that. Perhaps the intense urge to find Woody as dark and cynical as " Love and Death" or "Zelig" made the experience of "Mighty Aphrodite" less convinced and interesting. Nonetheless, whenever it comes to Woody, a less interesting film is far more enchanting and sickening (pun intended) than many other overwhelmingly self indulgent and allegedly comedy movies.
Not a high point of Allen's career but I laughed out loud a few times. The Greek chorus was a nice touch. And I guess Sorvino was convincing as the squeaky-voiced prostitute but some of the sexual jokes fell flat. As far as Allen films go it's enjoyable but forgotten rather quickly. He's done worse and he's done better.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Complete list. :-(