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  • Mighty Aphrodite is a great, fun movie from writer and director Woody Allen, released in 1994 I believe

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      Mighty Aphrodite is a great, fun movie from writer and director Woody Allen, released in 1994 I believe. It is rich with gags and one-liners all the way through so the script is great, with Woody at his best giving his funny delivery of the lines and also Mira Sorvino’s performance is so wonderful she won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for it in 1995. This is a light-hearted movie that is a lot of fun and is also a little bit moving and has a lovely message about friendship in it. The dialogue is unexpectedly X-rated for a Woody Allen movie, but very funny with it.

      Allen plays a sports


      writer, Lenny, whose marriage to Helena Bonham-Carter’s character is going off the boil and Lenny starts to become obsessed with the mother of their adopted son, because he is so bright and good looking. Starting with the adoption agency, Lenny starts to investigate who and where the mother might be, until he eventually finds out that she is a porn actress and prostitute who calls herself Judy Cum, the character played by Sorvino. He goes to meet her, paying her for her time and not telling her that he has her child. The X-rated dialogue comes entirely from Judy, and her completely coarse way of talking in such sexual terms is the ...

      • source of many gags and great lines to come. Although Judy is not exactly what Lenny, who is a typical intellectual Woody Allen character, would want in a relationship, he builds a bond with her eventually and they become friends. He also sets about turning her life around which leads to upsetting her pimp and setting her up on dates; “Just don’t offer to give him a blow job in the first 5 minutes, he thinks you’re a hairdresser!”.

        I bet most Hollywood movie makers would have had Lenny leave his wife and go off with the real mother of his adopted child as it all works out neatly but Allen does

        not make cliched movies, thank goodness. It all turns out nicely though. What I have not mentioned yet is that the movie is told as though it is a flashback by the actors in an ancient Greek tragedy, with for instance Cassandra warning that Lenny should not interfere with Judy’s life etc. This is very entertaining and amusing and the film ends with a little dance.

        I have watched this movie again and have come to appreciate it a bit more than the first time as it really is rich in gags and they come one after the other (sorry about all the ‘cum’ puns in this review!). An amusing movie from the Woodster.




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