Mighty Aphrodite

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Miramax Films, Sweetland Films and Magnolia Pictures Released 1995

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Mighty Aphrodite

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Director:
Woody Allen
Released:
1995
Rating:
R

Mighty Aphrodite is a 1995 romantic comedy starring, directed and written by famed New York director Woody Allen. Sportswriter Lenny Weinrib (Wood Allen) and his wife Amanda (Helena Bonham Carter) are at dinner with friends when Amanda decides that she wants to adopt a baby. While Lenny isn't thrilled with the idea, Amanda gets her way and the couple adopt baby Max. As Max gets older, Lenny realizes that his adopted son has great intellectual prowess, piquing Lenny's interest to discover the identity of his biological mother. When Lenny discovers that Max's mother is actually prostitute and porn star Linda Ash (Mira Sorvino), Lenny decides to meet her. Over time Lenny develops a relationship with Linda and eventually convinces her to leave behind her old profession and begin a new life. Lenny sets Linda up with farmer Kevin (Michael Rappaport), however their relationship goes sour when Kevin realizes what Linda used to do for a living. Later it is revealed that Amanda has been cheating on Lenny, and in turn Lenny sleeps with Linda. Featuring a Greek chorus that intervenes throughout the film, Mighty Aphrodite was well received by critics and earned Sorvino an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

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Metacritic Score

  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie reveals its serious undertones (with commentary by the Greek chorus, which occasionally breaks into song and dance) while at the same time developing a plot that lends it...

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    A sketchy trifle that is sporadically amusing but also off-putting around the edges.

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    A zippy, frothy confection that emerges as agreeable middle-range Woody.

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    Independent, Romantic Comedy