Mighty Aphrodite (1995) Movie Review

By: Alex Phuong (Two Beers) –

Woody Allen is responsible for some of the greatest comedies of all time. His impressive filmography includes the Best Picture winner Annie Hall (1977) and the celebrated romantic comedy Midnight in Paris (2011). A fun fact about Woody Allen is that he oftentimes appears in his own films. One of those films was Mighty Aphrodite (1995), which remains a classic for Woody Allen fans.

A Toast

This film features one of the greatest Oscar-winning performances of all time. Mira Sorvino is simply hilarious in the role of Linda, a woman practicing what is perhaps the world’s oldest profession. Such mature content is the reason why this film earned its “R” rating, but Allen presents such risqué material in a way that is tastefully done. Sorvino herself earned the Oscar for her supporting role simply because her performance “supports” the entire picture (pun intended).

Beer Two

Obviously, since this is an R-rated and salacious comedy, it might not be suitable for everyone. Nevertheless, this film is an atypical romantic comedy that is anything but cliché. The screenplay is so original that it earned Woody Allen yet another Oscar nomination for “Best Original Screenplay,” but maybe the reason why this film did not win that award was just because it deals with “touchy” subjects (pun intended).

Verdict

Some of the greatest performances from actresses (unfortunately) involve scandalous and inappropriate behavior. Shirley Jones proudly won her Oscar for playing the prostitute Lulu Bains in Elmer Gantry (1960), Jane Fonda won an Academy Award for playing a similarly leading role in Klute (1971), and even Penélope Cruz received a consecutive Oscar nomination in 2010 for her provocative musical number in Nine (2009). 1995 was a very competitive year for the supporting actress category, which included Kate Winslet’s first nomination for playing Jane Austen’s Marianne Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility (1995). Sorvino might not have achieved the same level of fame and popularity as Kate Winslet, but her take on such a titillating character will always remain an iconic Oscar-winning performance from one of the funniest films ever made.

Mighty Aphrodite (1995) Drinking Game

Take a Drink: every time the Greek chorus provides any form of narration.

Take a Drink: every time Woody Allen does anything neurotic (which might or might not be references to his role in Annie Hall)

Drink a Shot: for every graphic image that earned this film its “R” rating (even though such content is actually pretty funny given the context of the plot)

About Alex Phuong

Alex Andy Phuong earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University-Los Angeles in 2015. His love affair with cinema began after discovering Turner Classic Movies in the summer of 2004. His favorite film director is Woody Allen, and his favorite movie star is Kate Winslet.

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