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Laramie Movie Scope:
Mighty Aphrodite

One of Woody Allen's best

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by Robert Roten, Film Critic
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February 28, 1996 -- Woody Allen's ``Mighty Aphrodite'' is another triumph for the eccentric New York filmmaker. I saw the film in Cheyenne. It was part of a film series there (more on this later in the story).

After a dry period, during which Woody Allen was accused of sexually molesting his own children during a nasty divorce, he has bounced back with two excellent films in consecutive years, ``Bullets over Broadway'' and ``Mighty Aphrodite.''

In this film, which Woody wrote, directed, he also stars as his usual New York neurotic character. This time, he's a sportswriter named Lenny who's married to an art dealer, played by Helena Bonham Carter.

The couple adopt a young boy and Lenny becomes obsessed with finding the boy's real parents. He locates the boy's mother, Linda Ash, wonderfully played by Mira Sorvino. He is horrified to learn she is a none-too-bright prostitute and pornographic actress.

Lenny decides to try to get the woman out of prostitution and find a husband for her so his son won't be ashamed of her when he finally finds out who she is. Lenny, of course, becomes romantically interested in her when his marriage begins to fall apart and the whole situation snowballs out of control.

Throughout the film, a Greek chorus continues to appear in the background, making snide comments about Lenny's actions. The leader of the chorus, F. Murray Abraham (``Amadeus''), gets embroiled in some of the action.

The wisecracking Greek chorus is a hilarious, innovative feature. This is Woody at his best. The dialogue sparkles and the characters are well fleshed out. This is an excellent film. Woody's back. This film rates an A.

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