Mighty Aphrodite (15)
A very witty Woody Allen film from his ‘golden period’, with dialogue that is sharp and funny. Woody Allen plays Lenny Weinrib, a sportswriter, married to Amanda (Helena Bonham Carter), whose ambition is to have her own art gallery. They adopt a baby whom they call Max. As the couple drift apart, Lenny becomes obsessed with finding Max’s birth parents, convinced that his child is a genius and he would like to find the genetic source of his brilliance. He begins his search and tracks down Max’s mother Linda (Mira Sorvino), a hooker and porn starlet.
Lenny is determined to find a better career for her and offers unwanted advice, whilst she thinks he is a client and a weirdo. Gradually she comes to like him while he tries to find her a respectable husband.
What lifts the film above the ordinary is the presence of a Greek chorus who continually interrupt to comment on the action in ironic counterpoint.
Cast: Woody Allen, F. Murray Abraham, Helena Bonham Carter, Mira Sorvino, Olympia Dukakis, Michael Rapaport, Claire Bloom, Donald Symington
Woody Allen | USA | 1995 | 95 minutes | 15
Weighted vote 84.6%