Where's Poppa? 1970
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Insane and Outrageous! George Segal (California Split) and Ruth Gordon (Harold and Maude) give the funniest performances of their careers in this outrageous comedy that stomps gleefully on the idea of devotion to Mom above all. Featuring some of the boldest gags to ever hit the screen, Where's Poppa? is a riotously funny film. Segal is a man with a problem - his mother. He promised his late father he'd take care of her, but when he finally meets the girl of his dreams, his batty, eccentric mother is intent on turning his dreams into one huge nightmare. Soon he becomes obsessed with getting rid of her... before she gets rid of his girlfriend! The great Carl Reiner (The Jerk) directed this hilarious black comedy, featuring a stellar cast that includes Trish Van Devere (Harry in Your Pocket), Ron Leibman (The Super Cops), Bernard Hughes (The Hospital), Vincent Gardenia (Death Wish), Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas), Rob Reiner (All in the Family) and Garrett Morris (Saturday Night Live).
Bonus Features: Alternate Ending | Two Teasers | Trailers
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The main character is a trial lawyer and there are a series of vignettes in the book. Short stand alone courtroom scenes which build to absurd funny climaxes. There are only two in the movie. The first is moderately funny, the second cuts away from the comedy in the middle to go out side the courtroom for a kind of romantic scene between the male and female leads. There are no others. There are a few other crude and funny scenes, but there is no real build up to those scenes so in the end the movie fails.
I give it three starts because there are a couple of funny scenes and the rest isn't overly long. However, the book is hilarious, unfortunately it is out of print and if you want to buy a copy it costs a fortune.