When New York attorney Gordon Hocheiser meets Louise Callan, the girl of his dreams, he schemes to eliminate his aging, senile mother, even though he promised his late father that he’d always take care of her. He fears that his batty mom’s eccentricities will shortly lead to Louise’s departure. —IMDb
An exuberant and prolific personality both onscreen and off, actor-writer-director Carl Reiner’s illustrious career straddled the line between the earnest, the intelligent and even the outrageous. Reiner took up dramatic acting as a teen, but a detour performing during World War II pulled a deft, untapped sense of comedic timing out of him. Segueing from postwar Broadway stages into television comedies, Reiner’s famous beginnings with Sid Caesar led to a successful run as creator and co-star of the legendary TV classic, “The Dick Van Dyke Show” (CBS, 1961-66), and instilled in him a love for collaboration. Through the subsequent decades, Reiner’s career highs were born of several creative partnerships with friends old and new – from Dick Van Dyke to Mel Brooks to a stint inside the madcap mind of Steve Martin and later, to a pack of thieves in the Vegas-bound “Ocean’s Eleven” trilogy.
Reiner was born on March 20, 1922 in the Bronx, NY, where he was raised along with his older… read more
Excellent, corrosive black comedy in the 70s "sick humor" vein. The beautifully tasteless original ending, which is necessary to get the film's full impact, has been relegated to an extra on the DVD. This, not the cutesy "Harold and Maude," is the role Ruth Gordon should be remembered for. "Little Murders" is another one to watch out for.