Mighty Aphrodite (1995)

Mighty Aphrodite (1995)
  • Time: 95 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
  • Director: Woody Allen
  • Cast: Woody Allen, Mira Sorvino, Helena Bonham Carter, Pamela Blair


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.

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  • Mighty Aphrodite (1995) The more times I watched this movie, the more I was repulsed by the throwaway crudeness.

    In it,Mr. Allen investigates the whereabouts of his adopted son’s biological mother and discovers that she (Mira Sorvino) is a prostitute/porno actress. Although Ms. Sorvino is admittedly good (she won an Oscar for supporting actress), the film is one of Allen’s lessor works. The film never really goes anywhere & there is too much time spent with Sorvion’s character going into graphic detail on her ‘job’ as a prostitute/porno actress. Definitely an experimental movie on his part.

    Don’t get me wrong, if you’re a fan of Allen’s movies, I guess you’ll like it enough. I mean, I’ve seen pretty much every Woody Allen and there really isn’t one that I couldn’t sit through the whole thing with the exception of the re-worked Japanese movie…

    I think it’s the What’s Up Tiger Lilly one…The one where they took an existing Japenese movie and re-dubbed it in English as a comedy. I mean it’s okay and silly enough and probably would appeal to the college set, sitting around their dorm room drinking beers kinda thing, but if you’re just planning on watching it alone, after a while it’s kinda juvenile. Kinda sorta like that old Mystery Science Theater 3000 thing. You familiar with that? That’s was a show on TV where they would run these old bad science fiction movies and at the bottom of the screen they superimposed this silouette of a guy and some alien looking thing supposedly sitting in a movie theater watching the movie and they make quote-un-quote humorous comments throughout the movie.

    Anyway, back to Aphrodite…Like I said, I’ve seen it a couple of times easy and I still say there’s nothing very memorable about it.

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