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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…
A review of some other movie referred to Mighty Aphrodite (1995), and I thought “there is a Woody Allen movie I have not seen, I must get it”.
Lenny Weinrib, played by Woody reminds us of wimpish but obsessive characters that he has created for himself in other movies. The novel feature of this movie is a Greek Chorus which provides tuneful and light-hearted explanations to the viewer as the story unfolds.
Lenny and his wife Amanda adopt a son (Max) and the Lenny becomes obsessed with tracking down the mother of Max. He builds a platonic relationship with her and tries to re-build her life – a bit like the relationship of Professor Higgins with Eliza in Pygmalion.
Woody Allen continued his streak of comedies in the 90s with this light and frequently funny tale of adoption that turned out to be better than I remembered. The gimmick of having the Greek chorus throughout the film (sometimes weaving themselves straight into the narrative) works even if the story being told is far from a Greek tragedy. It still shows that Allen had no signs of slowing down and still liked to take chances with structure and form.
Mira Sorvino won an Academy Award for her performance here (the second year in a row a Woody Allen movie won the Best Supporting Actress award). Not sure I agree with that win, but her performance, especially in her first scene,…
this is one of the two woody allen movies i've seen and all i remember from this is that i liked it and helena bonham carter's hair was super pretty
Tal vez no sea una de sus grandes, tal vez sea más irregular, pero me ha parecido un acierto esa idea de Allen de concebirla como una tragedia griega—en este caso literalmente— y cómo ha trasladado esa idea a la escena: las partes de la historia de Lenny y las partes del coro están perfectamente combinadas y no te sacan de la película.
Me quedo en especial con un momento a priori tremendamente cómico pero que pienso que resume una de las constantes de la obra de Allen:
—Oh Zeus, el más poderoso de los dioses, te imploramos, necesitamos tu ayuda. Zeus, gran Zeus, escúchanos. Nosotros te invocamos.
—Habla Zeus. No estoy en casa ahora, pero puedes dejar un mensaje y te llamaré. Por favor, comienza a hablar cuando oigas la señal.
Mira Sorvino's outfits are great in this
I have two words for you: butter churn.
another Woody Allen film I'd forgotten seeing back in the day. i seem to remember some amusing lines and Allen's adopted son playing with a G.I. JOE vehicle similar to one I had as a lad.
Mighty Aphrodite 1995 (7.1) Country: USA
'And so there I am on the first day, on the set, and there's this guy fucking me from behind, right, and there's these two huge guys dressed like cops in my mouth at the same time and I remember thinking to myself, "I like acting. I wanna study."'
Everything else aside, "Mighty Aphrodite" might as well be genuinely the funniest Woody Allen film I have ever seen. Light, raunchy and - despite its story that would suggest otherwise - very intellectual, this particular entry in Allen's vast filmography is, above all else, a love letter to yet another legendary filmmaker - Billy Wilder. And just as Wilder did in his time, Allen continually proves his greatest strength as a storyteller lies in finding a perfect balance between sweetness and bitterness, intellectual and carnal (for lack of a better word) humour, and in so doing he creates stories that are wonderfully simple and somewhat predictable, but funny and unforgettable nonetheless.
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