Where's Poppa?

Director: Carl Reiner
Year Released: 1970
Rating: 3.0

Nasty little comedy about a lawyer (George Segal) who can't detach himself from his senile mother (Ruth Gordon) - she ruins all chances he has with women and behaves belligerently (she also doesn't know her husband is dead, which is where the title question comes from). It's so ruthless, tasteless and cruel it manages to pull off the dark comedic bits particularly well - it never stops to try to sanitize itself (it's so frenzied it also appears to curtail logic for crazy set-up after set-up). The actors playing bit parts are also in top form, especially Paul Sorvino as the proprietor of an old age home.