A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy is a 1982 sex comedy film written, directed by and starring Woody Allen. The film was produced during the post-production of Zelig, as a way to pass the time before the latter film was completed.
In the early 1900s, Professor Leopold (José Ferrer), a distinguished philosopher, and his fiancée Ariel (Mia Farrow), visit Leopold's cousin Adrian (Mary Steenburgen), and her crackpot inventor husband Andrew (Allen) on the countryside. They are joined by doctor Maxwell (Tony Roberts) and his girlfriend and nurse, Dulcy (Julie Hagerty). Over the course of the weekend, a series of wacky romantic encounters results from the reunion of the three couples.
This film features examples of:
- Mad Scientist: Well, more "very neurotic" than "mad", but Andrew is an inventor, and he's played by Woody Allen, and he's exactly what one would expect from Woody Allen as an inventor.
- MayDecember Romance: Leopold and Ariel have a very notorious age difference (at the time the film was released, José Ferrer was 70 and Mia Farrow was 37).
- Whole Plot Reference: The film's plot is a loose retelling of Ingmar Bergman's Smiles of a Summer Night. As for William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, it features partner-swapping, mysticism, and the lead love interest's name is Ariel.