Mighty Aphrodite 1995 CC

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A dissatisfied Manhattan sportswriter finds more than he expected when he searches for the biological mother of his adopted child in Woody Allen's comedy. Writer-director Allen also plays Lenny, a slightly more relaxed incarnation of his usual neurotic screen persona. Lenny is trapped in a bad marriage to high-strung art dealer Amanda (Helena Bonham Carter), but he finds solace in his relationship with his adopted young son. Indeed, he grows so fond of the boy that he decides to track down the boy's real mother, expecting to discover a brilliant professional. Instead, he finds Linda (Mira Sorvino), a ditzy prostitute and porno star who mingles casual vulgarity with disarming innocence. Despite his initial disillusionment, Lenny soon develops a fondness for Linda and decides to play matchmaker, setting her up with a handsome young boxer (Michael Rapaport) who is equally good-hearted and scatterbrained. While the contrast between the free-spirited Linda and the uptight Lenny provides the bulk of the laughs, hints of Allen's more literary humor are also present, particularly in the scenes involving a roaming Greek chorus commenting upon Lenny's fate. Sorvino received a supporting Oscar for her title role in a well-received movie that is nevertheless not at the level of Allen's best-known classics.~ Judd Blaise, All Movie Guide

Starring:
Woody Allen, Olympia Dukakis
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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 31 minutes
Starring Woody Allen, Olympia Dukakis, Helena Bonham-Carter, Michael Rapaport, David Ogden Stiers, F. Murray Abraham, Mira Sorvino, Claire Bloom
Director Woody Allen
Genres Comedy
Studio Kaleidoscope Home Ent.
Rental release 7 July 2014
Main languages English
Subtitles English

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Grandad Bike on 6 Jan. 2013
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This is a very funny film where husband (Allen) and his wife who are unable to have children adopt a baby. However, Allen then is plagued by a desire to find out who the birth mother is. A great story, lots of unexpected happenings along the way, and a wonderful ending.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ben Elliss on 15 Mar. 2000
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This isn't Woody Allen's best film in the last few years - it doesn't compare with the verite photography of 'Husbands and Wives', the accomplished storytelling of 'Bullets Over Broadway' or the cleverness of 'Deconstructing Harry'. But it works as a comedy, without breaking any really new ground. Allen stars as a neurotic New York sports columnist - so he's actually playing himself again. Unlike his earlier films, 'Mighty Aphrodite' sees him trying to sort out someone else's love life instead of his own; in this case, that of Linda Ash, a squeaky-voiced but likeable prostitute played by Mira Sorvino. Helena Bonham Carter also features as a totally convincing New Yorker - presumably paving the way for further American character roles (as in 'Fight Club'). Anyway: if you're a lover of Woody Allen's oeuvre, this one should be in your video collection.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Jan. 2012
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On re-watching Woody Allen's 1995 film Mighty Aphrodite for (I think) only the second time (since seeing it on release at the cinema) I was initially disappointed and seemed to have misremembered it as something of higher quality. As the film progresses, however, Mira Sorvino's character becomes more and more affecting until it just pushes into four star territory. For me, therefore, it is in the category of Woody films below his absolute best (Manhattan, Purple Rose Of Cairo, Broadway Danny Rose, Crimes and Misdemeanours) and in the company of films such as Play It Again Sam, Hannah and Her Sisters, Bullets Over Broadway, Sweet and Lowdown, Manhattan Murder Mystery, etc. Whilst it clearly has nothing like the quality of outright gags as Play It Again Sam, its serious and poignant moments lift it above a straight 'Woody gag' film.

The film features Allen in one of his 'suspend disbelief' roles where his sportswriter Lenny Weinrib is married to Helen Bonham Carter's art gallery manager Amanda, and the couple, wishing to start a family, decide to adopt. As Lenny's marriage begins to hit the rocks he decides to try to trace the birth mother of adopted son Max, only to find that the said person is porn actress and prostitute Linda Ash (superbly played by Mira Sorvino). As Lenny and Linda become closer and closer friends (suspend disbelief again, of course), Lenny still refrains from telling Linda about Max, and tries to set Linda up with 'regular guy' ex-boxer Kevin (Michael Rapaport, also impressive). This does not work out, but Linda eventually does have a chance encounter with the 'man of her dreams' but not before she and Lenny have had a real romantic encounter which leaves her expecting Lenny's baby.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By I. Herron on 4 Feb. 2002
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This film is absolutely brilliant, wit, charm and great dialogue. Mira Sorvino steals pretty much the show as a hooker with a way with words and an unusual outlook on what she wants to do with her life. I wasn't a fan of Woody Allen's movies but after seeing this I gave him more of a look.
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Typical Woody Allen, of course with the nerdy little man being loved by gorgeous younger women. Typical script too, with characters talking over each other. But loved the Oscar-winning performance of Mira Sorvino and the kooky 'interventions' of the Greek chorus set in the Graeco-Roman theatre at Taormina, Sicily which I recently visited and which was why I bought the DVD ! Can't wait to send it to the friends I made on that trip. I hope they can make head or tail of it!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 April 2000
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Not a Woody classic but nevertheless this film has some hilariously funny scenes. One of the most memorable being when Linda, played by the delicious Mira Sorvino, describes to Lenny (Allen) the moment when her desire to seriously study acting first arose. This movie is in the mould of Annie Hall and Hannah and Her Sisters rather than Allen's more intellectual contributions to film like Zelig or perhaps Stardust Memories, but if it is a lightweight comedy with plenty of laughs that you are looking for, you could do much worse than choosing Mighty Aphrodite.
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By Garmonbozia on 18 April 2014
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A really enjoyable comedy from Mr Allen. It is worth seeing the film just for the interaction of Woody Allen and Mira Sorvino - she deservedly won an oscar for this performance. The dialogue is funny and witty. Not so keen on Helena Bonham Carter's character I can't see why she would be with the Woody character in the first place but overall if you want a good laugh this is highly recommended.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Julian Hughes on 15 Oct. 2010
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I'm not reviewing the movie itself. The transfer to DVD is very good with high quality picture and sound and no silly cutting/cropping by the studio to detract from your enjoyment.
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