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January 26, 2006

Mighty Aphrodite - 5

Part Greek drama and comedy, part New York relationship film (the second being pretty usual for Woody Allen). Allen plays a sport writer who adopts a son and then goes about trying to understand his birth mother and his son's heritage. Turns out that his son is bright, but his mother is a porn star with the stage name Judy Cum. Allen then goes about trying to get Judy/Linda to start a normal life so that her son will not be embarrassed. The film ends in classic irony in that the mother never knows that she has met her son, and Allen doesn't realize that he has a daughter. The film is told with many interruptions from ancient Greek characters, who in one scene must leave a message on Zeus' answering machine. The screenplay for this film won an Academy award, Mira Sorvino also won for best supporting actress.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is a very slight film by Woody, but also a decent one. The only true good Woody films from the 90's were Husbands and Wives, Crimes and Misdemeanors, and Bullets Over Broadway.

Everything else doesn't quite manage the energy and excitement that Woody had in the 80's.

Paul, off to see the New World again