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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
Lenny Weinrib (Woody Allen), and his wife, Amanda (Helena Bonham Carter), can't conceive, so they adopt a baby boy. When the child turns out to be a prodigy, a curious Lenny seeks out the birth mother: Linda Rush (Mira Sorvino), a porn star / aspiring actress.
A modern Greek tragedy, complete with a Greek chorus and a Deus ex machina ending, this is Woody Allen at his most playful, and Helena Bonham Carter at her most sane, but the reason this film is great begins and ends with Sorvino.
Linda Rush is one of my favorite characters, nonchalantly filthy and utterly charming. She's completely at ease with her porn star career and naively believes quality work in pornography will result in better roles in the future.
Sorvino deservedly won an Oscar, but sadly it would appear she's content working in independent films, avoiding the limelight attached to high-profile roles.
"You didn't want a blowjob so the least I could do is get you a tie."
Mira Sorvino. Where did you go?
Beautiful Girls...Might Aphrodite...... you were awesome
All shall kneel before and love the mighty, might Hermaphrodite-I mean, Aphrodite! I don't want to sound childish, but that term ruined by mythology of Aphrodite long before Kylie Minogue, and at any rate, I don't know how tasteful this Woody Allen film can be with a title referencing Greek mythology, and a premise about some guy finding out that his adopted kids' mother is a dumb prostitute and porn star. Allen's character has to be even dumber than Mira Sorvino's, because as if it's not absurd enough that he's trying to find the mother of his adopted kid in the first place, he really thinks that he can get away with interacting with a prostitute and porn star when…
Helena Bonham Carter como mulher sofisticada e bonita, Woody Allen como profissional esportivo, pai e fiel ao casamento, Robocop seduzindo com a exata mesma expressão que enfrentava ED-209, um filme com uma mensagem otimista e até meio que moralista. Por mais estranho que isso tudo pareça a um filme do Woody Allen, ainda é um trabalho com seu estilo marcante, sempre acima da média !
Filmpje kijken in Mallorca.
Uitstekend leuk, goeie Woody Allen.
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
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…