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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 porn star and prostitute.

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Woody Allen

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Woody Allen
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pamela Blair Pamela Blair ... Greek Chorus
Rene Ceballos Rene Ceballos ... Greek Chorus (as René Ceballos)
Elie Chaib Elie Chaib ... Greek Chorus
George De La Pena ... Greek Chorus
Joanne DiMauro Joanne DiMauro ... Greek Chorus
Denise Faye ... Greek Chorus
Marian Filali ... Greek Chorus (as Marianne Filali)
Angelo Fraboni Angelo Fraboni ... Greek Chorus
Scott Fowler Scott Fowler ... Greek Chorus
Seth Gertsacov Seth Gertsacov ... Greek Chorus
Patti Karr Patti Karr ... Greek Chorus
Fred Mann III Fred Mann III ... Greek Chorus
John Mineo John Mineo ... Greek Chorus
Christopher Nelson Christopher Nelson ... Greek Chorus
Valda Setterfield Valda Setterfield ... Greek Chorus
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

10 November 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Poderosa Afrodita See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$326,494, 29 October 1995

Gross USA:

$6,468,498

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,468,498
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Dolby SR (Mono)

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Linda Ash: You want to go inside, take a shower? You can study me up close and personal.
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When Your Lover Has Gone
(1931)
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Very funny and touching tale about damaged people
25 April 2003 | by Pedro_HSee all my reviews

A childless couple adopt a baby, but the father becomes curious about the real birth mother and decides to trace her.

Good to see Allen returning to something like his best, probably because he is returning to his natural home: The light comedy of domestic life and the embarrassing people that we have to deal with.

The star turn is Mira Sorvino (the natural mother) as the tart with a heart (an update of the happy hooker?) who Allen gets to know by pretending to be a client. Great plot device, which shows what Allen can do when he casts his mind wider than people chatting around restaurant tables or at parties.

Interesting to see how Allen has developed as regards sexual frankness and the use of four letter words. Strangely he is returning to the device of being sexually inept (something he had been moving away from) to gain extra laughs.

For once he gives the best lines to someone else - and in Sorvino we have a great comedienne: A really touching and funny performance. Another Oscar that an actor/actress would never have otherwise got without the magic pen of Woody - no wonder the guy is so loved in the business!

Away from the main comedy the thing bumbles along. Wife Helena Boham-Carter is not faithful and they argue a lot. The usual hypocrisies, double standards and manners are displayed (for a WA film), but they don't stop the film as they do elsewhere. The Greek chorus asides - are actually fantastically funny and a real piece of comic invention.

Thankfully we have a something to do and somewhere to go here, it isn't just people whining about their lives. Allen wants to improve the life of the hooker-come-porn-star and suggests hairdressing and teaming up with a half-wit boxer (who he met through his job as a sports writer) he thinks she will like.

A very entertaining film and it is good to see that Allen can write funny lines for women - which I thought he was incapable of. Recommended.


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