Mighty Aphrodite

Synopsis: Lenny and Amanda have an adopted son Max who turns out to be brilliant. Lenny becomes obsessed with finding Max's real parents because he believes that they too must be brilliant. When he finds that Linda Ash is Max' real mother, Lenny is disappointed. Linda is a prostitute and porn star. On top of that, she is quite possibly the dumbest person Lenny has ever met. Interwoven is a Greek chorus linking the story with the story of Oedipus.
Director(s): Woody Allen
Production: Miramax Films
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 11 nominations.
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95 min

- We're not adopting anything.

I want no sex.

- A little girl.

Let the guy have a short stop

or a point guard, will ya?

Can we get a check? Can we--

Can we please get out of here?

I'll take the check.

I'm paying tonight.

- Yes.

- You? I'm stunned.

You pay, you break your record.

You-- One more and you break

DiMaggio's record-- 56 straight.

That's not true.

Now, be nice.

Laius, proud father, speak.

I, with joy,

did have a son...

so fair, so clearheaded

and brave,

that I a thousand pleasures

did derive from his presence.

So what happens?

One day he kills me.

And don't you think,

he runs off and marries my wife.

Poor Oedipus, king of Thebes.

My son, my son

did slay unwittingly...

my noble husband...

and did, without realizing,

hasten with me,

his loving mother,

to lustful bed.

And a whole profession

was born...

charging sometimes

and a 50-minute hour

at that.

And why a child now, out of left field?

One hopes it's not to fill

some growing void in their marriage.

Leave her be.

A woman's urge to motherhood

is old as the earth.

Children grow up;

they move out.

Sometimes to ridiculous places

like Cincinnati...

or Boise, Idaho.

Then you never see them again.

You'd think once in a while

they'd pick up a phone.

But is there a growing void

in the Weinrib's marriage?

We didn't say there was.

We're all just speculating

on possible motives.

Children are serious stuff.

Look, here's a man

who killed his father...

and slept with his mother.

I hate to tell you what they

call my son in Harlem.


- There's a baby we can adopt.

- Are you serious?

I spoke to Carolyn Hester

and she's found an infant for us.

- But we have to act quickly.

- I don't want a kid.

Well, Lenny, you know

how hard it is.

And look, the baby's

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