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Lenny and Amanda have an adopted son Max who turns out to be brilliant. Lenny becomes obsessed with finding Max's real parents because he believes that they too must be brilliant. When he finds that Linda Ash is Max' real mother, Lenny is disappointed. Linda is a prostitute and porn star. On top of that, she is quite possibly the dumbest person Lenny has ever met. Interwoven is a Greek chorus linking the story with the story of Oedipus.
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…
Lenny Weinrib: "You didn't see Schindler's List?"
Kevin: "No, no... that was the one with the Jews and the, um... who were the bad guys?"
Lenny Weinrib: "The Nazis. The blond guys were the Nazis."
Kevin: "They were tough motherfuckers."
Another good one from Woody Allen right here. Woody himself is great as always in his role and he provides a very good script. It is Mira Sorvino who steals the show. Holy shit she was terrific! She took home an Oscar for her work and I can see why. The voice she did for the character was so goddamn annoying that I loved it. Mighty Aphrodite has a lot of great lines and funny situations which is to be expected in a Woody Allen film. The stuff with the Greek Chorus was great. Really good film here and the final sequence was just perfect. 8/10
Woody tracks down the prostitute birth mother of his adopted son and enjoys a, almost, platonic relationship with her.
Allen's onscreen persona is starting to creak by 1995 and it's impossible to really get past the thirty year age gap with his co-stars* but there are some good gags, an excellent supporting cast and the greek chorus conceit works suprisingly well, but the having F Murray Abraham as the lead and real sicilian theatre locations would help with most dramatic conceits. To be fair to it there is something real and touching in it's depictions of parenthood too that raise it at least half a star with me.
Not really up there in my Allen pantheon but glad i finally…
My second Woody Allen film.
It's cute, but not great. A film I would definitely watch on a rainy day at home.
Nota = 7
In my head I seem to be regarding this as late Woody Allen, but as he's still churning them out and as this one is now twenty years old, I suppose it's really only late-ish middle period. It is a bit Woody Allen by the numbers, but definitely good Woody Allen by the numbers. The only real originality was the Greek chorus, an unlikely device that works surprisingly well, going into it I expected the film to be set in Greece, but apart from these sequences (which were actually filmed in Sicily) it's a typical Woody Allen patented New York story.
It is a genuinely funny and at times surprisingly touching film, something of a return to what Woody does…
Hits all the right Woody beats and Sorvino is really cute save for that moppet voice. Rapaport has only been utilized to his complete potential in Woody flicks and that's a shame bc he has hella charisma and good timing.
A decent enough Woody Allen film. I laughed quite a lot. I squirmed a bit at old Woody trying to be the leading ladies man, when clearly he should've passed the baton on a decade earlier. I didn't like Sorvino's high pitched voice. Overall though, I enjoyed it.
It was good.
It wasn't AMAZING or hilarious but I like that Woody Allen tells such different stories, and this one based in Greek theatre was really neat.
it's light & simple, but Woody & Sorvino lead a cast (including a great cameo by Jack Warden) that bring the wit, fun & neurotic charm to the film that raises it up.
Standard but solid Woody Allen script with a great turn from Mira Sorvino.
In another attempt to extend my cinematic knowledge this time I'm going to watch 90 movies from a decade full…