Woody Allen writes and directs this gentle comedy, as well as starring as Lenny - a dissatisfied Manhattan sportswriter. Lenny, feeling trapped in a bad marriage to high-strung art dealer Amanda (Helena Bonham Carter), finds solace in his relationship with his adopted young son. Indeed, he grows so fond of the boy that he decides to track down the boy's real mother, expecting to discover a brilliant professional. Instead, he finds Linda (Mira Sorvino), a ditzy prostitute and porno star who mingles casual vulgarity with disarming innocence. Despite his initial disillusionment, Lenny soon develops a fondness for Linda and decides to play matchmaker, setting her up with a handsome young boxer (Michael Rapaport) who is equally good-hearted and scatter-brained.
Mira Sorvino won an Oscar and a BAFTA for her role as Linda.