Where's Poppa?

1970

Action / Comedy

6
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 70%
IMDb Rating 6.7 10 1476

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Rob Reiner as Roger
George Segal as Gordon Hocheiser
Garrett Morris as Garrett
Paul Sorvino as Owner of 'Gus & Grace's Home'
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Martin Bradley 9 / 10

A cult classic

Too dark and off-the-wall to be a mainstream hit Carl Reiner's comedy "Where's Poppa" has become something of a hard-to-see, (at least here in the UK), cult classic. George Segal is the long-suffering attorney whose biggest problem is his mother, (Ruth Gordon), who lives with him and who he'd be happy to see six feet under. However, his efforts to get her there all backfire so he hires sexy nurse Trish Van Dervere to take care of her.

The film unfolds like a series of extremely tasteless sketches, the kind of thing Mike Nichols and Elaine May might have done, and it's very funny. Segal and Gordon are superb though it is Ron Leibman who steals the movie as Gordon's other son and there are excellent cameos from the likes of Rae Allan and Barnard Hughes. The critics loved it but audiences didn't know what hit them. Now it feels like a key seventies movie and one of the great comedies.

Reviewed by Prismark10 5 / 10

Broken Gordon

Where's Poppa is an inconsistent vulgar black comedy which has dated quiet a bit and in some ways also comes across as rather silly.

George Segal plays successful lawyer Gordon Hocheiser who made a promise to his father that he would not pack his mother to a nursing home. However his mother played by Ruth Gordon is now senile who keeps asking 'where's poppa' and gets in the way of Gordon's successful love life. In the opening scene we see Gordon putting on a gorilla suit in order to scare his mother to death.

Gordon hires a nurse (Trish Van Devere) to take care of his mother and Gordon falls in love with her but as always his mother gets in the way.

Despite her senility we always get a feeling his mother does not want her son to fall in love with someone else, maybe because he will then leave her. You sympathise at Gordon's predicament.

There is a subplot where Gordon keeps calling his brother Sidney (Ron Leibman) out of exasperation who instead of going to his apartment in a cab, cuts through the park where he encounters some black guys who always harass and rob him. At one point they strip him completely naked.

You keep wondering why he keeps doing this? The answer I guess lies with the bad taste rape scene where the female victim turns out to be an undercover male detective in drag. Sidney is probably a closet homosexual especially as the detective enjoyed the experience and sent Sidney a bunch of roses.

Actor Paul Sorvino makes an early appearance as a beleaguered and shoddy care home boss whose place is a bit of a dump.

A daring salty twisted Jewish comedy for its time by Carl Reiner, but like a lot of his movies, inconsistent.

Reviewed by talisencrw 8 / 10

Overlong but quite good adult comedy that's still relevant today!

I definitely would have tightened the slack pace of this--it seems perhaps 15 or 20 minutes too long, and really lags in spots--but it has some really excellent ideas and, in its basic underlying tenet of adult siblings trying to take care of their elderly parents, yet at the same time having fulfilling lives of their own, remains unfortunately very timely. I'm NOT a George Segal fan in the slightest (in both his previous roles in 'Ship of Fools' and 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf', he seems to think that simply by screaming at someone, that it inherently means 'range' and 'intensity'), but his work here is solid and he makes you care about his character's plight enough to actually empathize with his situation and root for him as a result. Solid work--and director Carl's son Rob is absolutely hilarious in a rare, pre-'All in the Family' performance. Good stuff here--contemporary PC-awareness notwithstanding, of course... ;)

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