Monday, April 22, 2024

Woody Allen’s Kid Is Not the Genius We Thought He Was


Woody Allen’s only biological child, known as Ronan Farrow, is supposed to be a genius. At 24, he’s already graduated from law school and works for the government in a high capacity. But his mother, Mia Farrow, has so successfully brainwashed him against his father that the kid’s smarts are in question. Yesterday he tweeted “Happy Father’s Day– or as they call it in my family, brother-in-law’s day.” Mia Farrow then re-tweeted the word “Boom.” I don’t know how Farrow can be proud of herself. She was hurt when Woody left with her adopted daughter, Soon Yi, in 1992.

But Soon Yi was not Woody’s adopted daughter. And no matter how wrong it was, or how much pain Farrow felt, she can’t deny the obvious: Allen and Soon Yi have been together for 20 years. They have two of their own children. Before the 1992 scandal and since, there’s never been any indication of anything untoward in Allen’s life. He’s lived quietly, made his movies, and had quite a bit of success. This must drive Farrow crazy. The fact that in the last year Woody had his most successful movie ever, “Midnight in Paris,” must have sent her around the bend. Now, a few days before Allen opens “To Rome with Love,” Farrow has forced her genius son to gain notoriety by sending out this Tweet.

If Ronan Farrow is such a genius, he’d better wake up and realize what his mother his doing to him. Or has done to him. Same for the children Woody adopted with Farrow. This kind of ugliness can only backfire on her. Ronan Farrow is supposed to be a Rhodes scholar. But he’s lacking common sense. At 24, he should be reaching out to Woody to get the real story. And not letting this embittered woman manipulate him. It’s tragic.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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