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.
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Where’s Poppa? is . . . punchier and more deeply satirical [than Fire Sale], well directed by Reiner, and featuring a performance by Segal that’s wonderfully manic and desperately despairing and, yet, very human and likable.
With her inimitable line readings and face-scrunching expressions, Ms. Gordon — who was in her mid-70s when “Where’s Poppa?” was made — is one of the most ruthless clowns to ever appear before the camera. Her imperiously addled Mrs. Hocheiser is one of the period’s great comic creations, as well as one of the most disturbing.
A gem from 1970, must-see if you love Ruth Gordon (who doesn't?)! With Ron Leibman, George Segal, Rob Reiner (in his first incarnation as pacifist "Meathead"), Paul Sorvino, Garrett Morris, Vincent Gardenia and Penny Marshall.
This is one bat shit crazy comedy that goes in so many places you need multiple viewings to catch all of the jokes and nuances here. Very ahead of its time, this comedy goes right for the gut and it is brilliant.
I loved the start of Where's Poppa and despite a few scenes here and there (the post-rape fallout was hilarious) the ending was kind of flat and not that great. Given the madness in comparison to the era I expected something really screwed-up to happen (I.e. Gordon either fucking or killing his mother.) Regardless, Where's Poppa is a funny movie. Just don't hold your breath for an ending...
A bit too tasteless in some places but there's also a ton of things to recommend about the movie. It's a free spirited film, well-crafted and the writing is great. The acting is superb especially the performances by Segal and Gordon. The courtroom scene is one of the funniest and outrageous courtroom sequences you'll ever see, you'll think you know where it's gonna go but then the rug is pulled out from you. Fun film
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.