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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 ditzy 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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The new comedy from Woody Allen


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

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10 November 1995 (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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At Belmont Park, Linda calls Lenny (Woody Allen) "Woody." See more »

Quotes

Lenny Weinrib: This guy's gonna put me in 27 separate Mason jars!
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Crazy Credits

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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Whispering
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Music by Richard Coburn, Vincent Rose John Schonberger
Performed by Benny Goodman and His Orchestra (as The Benny Goodman Orchestra)
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'When you smile (...) the world smiles with you'
23 October 1999 | by (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) – See all my reviews

I can say that "Mighty Aphrodite" is the film that made me really appreciate Woody Allen's films. His direction is great, and so is the screenplay in the majority of his pictures.

The story of "Mighty Aphrodite" is magic, light, funny and beautiful. The idea of the Greek chorus is just incredible! All the cast is great, but the best one is really Mira Sorvino. She deserved her Oscar playing Linda Ash, a nice and ingenuous prostitute.

So if you like Woody Allen's films, you'll surely love this one like I did.


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