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Mighty Aphrodite (1995)

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When he discovers his adopted son is a genius, a New York sportswriter seeks out the boy's birth mother: a prostitute.

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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. Written by Jason Ihle <jrihl@conncoll.edu>

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Rated R for language and sex-related material | See all certifications »

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11 January 1996 (USA)  »

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Poderosa Afrodita  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$6,700,000 (USA)
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Cameron Diaz was considered for the role of Linda Ash. See more »

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Amanda tells Lenny that a day-old baby is available for adoption. Moments later, she tells him the baby was born that morning. See more »

Quotes

Linda Ash: But seriously, you wanna know why I liked you right from the start?
Lenny Weinrib: Why?
Linda Ash: Cause I'm always attracted to losers
Lenny Weinrib: Losers. You think I'm a loser?
Linda Ash: Yeah, you've got no confidence, it's sweet, I like that in a man. I can't stand those johns who come in and throw down a couple of hundred and whip out a big dick and wave it all over the joint.
Lenny Weinrib: I wouldn't do that, even if I wanted to...
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The Greek Chorus does the "When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles At You)" song-and-dance production number over half the credits. See more »

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When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles with You)
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Performed by the Dick Hyman Chorus & Orchestra
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Charming, imaginative look at fate, heredity and love
9 July 2002 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

This is a charming movie - particularly the parts played by the boxer-onion farmer, and prostitute/porn star, and their two scenes together. Allen's character's efforts sense of what happier direction the prostitute's life could take and his efforts to reform her, are also exactly what most of us would do if we discovered that she was the biological mother of our adopted child.

Allen has such imagination - and such an understanding of how people of varying education and background, talk and move, and what they care about.

I did feel the subplot involving Helena Bonham-Carter, her career and Peter Weller, was less imaginative, less interesting. I've always had trouble warming to Bonham-Carter - perhaps it's just how unlikeable virtually all her roles have been - and this role didn't help.

Mira Sorvino's character sounds amusingly like Victoria Jackson from Saturday Night Live - her figure is so eye-popping, and her sweetness so endearing that she definitely is the memorable character for anyone who sees the movie. "Oh, that's the one with Mira Sorvino" is undoubtedly how people would remember this movie. However, the Greek chorus was a wonderful idea - and Jack Warner in a small role as a blind seer, and F. Murray Abraham as the principal chorus member/conscience of the movie is also wonderful.


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