A middle-aged man contends with his wife, an adopted son, and his search for the young man's biological mother in this urbane Woody Allen comedy. As his story begins, a Greek chorus is seen performing in an ancient amphitheater. For the… More A middle-aged man contends with his wife, an adopted son, and his search for the young man's biological mother in this urbane Woody Allen comedy. As his story begins, a Greek chorus is seen performing in an ancient amphitheater. For the rest of the story, this conscientious choir will bedevil sportswriter Lenny who is first seen at a fancy New York restaurant with his wife Amanda and a pair of good friends. The four are animatedly debating the pros and cons of adopting children. Soon afterward, Lenny and Amanda bring home a beautiful baby son. Years pass and lad grows up to be exceptionally bright, leading Lenny to believe that the boy's real mother must have been a genius. Curiosity and dissatisfaction with his marriage to the neurotic, self-absorbed Amanda cause Lenny to search for her. He soon finds Linda Ash, a hooker who goes by the name Judy Cum. Despite the objections of the chorus, Lenny makes a date to meet her and finds her utterly astounding. Despite her rough existence, Linda proves to be vivacious and interesting. The two become platonic friends and as they talk, he learns that she regrets having given up her baby. This inspires Lenny to help her get back on her feet and make a fresh start by finding her a decent mate. He is hindered by Ricky the Pimp who doesn't want one of his best workers to go. Meanwhile, Lenny's marriage is jeopardized by his wife's new lover, the oily Jerry Bender. Still Lenny manages to introduce Linda to Kevin, a clean-cut young boxer. Mayhem ensues for a time, but eventually things turn out for the best.
Consensus: Mighty Aphrodite may not stand with Woody Allen's finest work, but it's brought to vivid life by a thoroughly winsome performance from Mira Sorvino.