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Mighty Aphrodite (1995)

The new comedy from Woody Allen

Original Title : Mighty Aphrodite
Director : Woody Allen
Writer : Woody Allen
Genre : Comedy
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Letty Aronson , J.E. Beaucaire , Jean Doumanian , Robert Greenhut (I) , Charles H. Joffe , Thomas A. Reilly , Helen Robin , Jack Rollins (II)
Music : Dick Hyman
Photography : Carlo Di Palma
MPAA Rating : Rated R for language and sex-related material.
IMDB ID : 0113819
Official site : http://www.miramax.com/pls/front_con/mp.entryPoint?action=2&midStr=390
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Mighty Aphrodite (1995) - Woody Allen
 

Starring

Pamela Blair Greek Chorus
Rene Ceballos Greek Chorus (as René Ceballos
Elie Chaib Greek Chorus
George De La Pena Greek Chorus
Joanne DiMauro Greek Chorus
Denise Faye I
Marianne Filali Greek Chorus
Marianne Filali Greek Chorus
 

Plot

Lenny adopts, convinced by his wife, a boy who becoming older surprises them with his intelectual qualities. Therefore both deceide to search for his real, biological mother. Lenny (Woody Allen) and Amanda (Helena Bonham Carter) have an adopted son Max who turns out to be brilliant. Lenny becomes obsessed with finding his real parents because they too must be brilliant. When he finds that Linda Ash (Mira Sorvino) 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 wonderful Greek chorus linking the story with the story of Oedipus.
 

Comments

Woody Allen misses... ...And he misses by a mile, at least. In this movie, I guess he is trying to combine his "comedic" with his "serious" side, but he succeeds in neither department. As a comedy, this film has a few scattered laughs, but Allen's timing is clearly off, the amount of obviousness is truly surprising, and the whole thing is kind of sad if you compare it to some early Allen outings, like "Bananas". As a film with "serious undertones", it also fares poorly, it has few insights into the characters and it lacks depth. And that gimmick involving the use of a "Greek Chorus" doesn't work, because the infantile jokes (for example, Gods are using answering machines when they're not available) would be too silly even for Mel Brooks. As an actor, Woody has a few good moments but he doesn't show his usual enthusiasm, and Sorvino's performance was highly overrated - she was OK, but she DEFINITELY didn't deserve an Oscar for such an easy role. And the final complaint: this movie looks GRIMY.
 
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