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The best comedy movie ever made!
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... ;)
Just behind the original "The Producers" as one of the best comedies ever made.
It's the Mother of all Jewish-mother joke films.
Any movie with a "humorous" rape scene gets no love from me.
A deranged comedy, with some deranged characters, that will have you laughing at it's deranged stupidity.
"Gordon, as the widowed mother, is in senile dementia constantly asking "Where's Poppa?" and scaring off nurses and Segal's girlfriends with her bawdy eccentricities. In her mental lapses she can't remember her son is a grown man, and when he brings home Trish Van Devere the mother suddenly describes the size of her son's sex organs as if he were a child. Van Devere as a prospective nurse looks like the Angel of Mercy with her sweet pure face framed in a white cap, but she is also a little insane."
This movie is hilarious. Not laugh out loud humor, and not raunchy like today's comedies, but still fu**ing funny as hell. Where's Poppa? is an intelligent, smart, dark and twisted little comedy. There's some pretty messed up shit in this movie and some hysterical, over the top, classic one liners, such as...
"He's got a pecker this big."
"And I want you to know that if you mess this one up for me, I'm gonna punch your fuckin' heart out."
"He made a caca on the bed."
You'll know exactly what I'm talking about when you see this movie. Funny shit!
Well acted, smart, funny, and Highly recommended!
A very funny comedy, with Ruth Gordon doing what she does best. I'll subtract half-a-star for a rape scene done for laughs.
This is my vote for the next "Dine-In Movie". This film is considered the funniest film ever made, and I agree I couldn't pck myself off the floor when I saw it years ago...and since we are having fun..I think handmade pizza is the order for the day
An insane black comedy that pushed the envelope even in 1970. It's really hilarious, but a bit shocking at the same time. Gordon and Segal are great actors and both give fantastic performances. I really liked this crazy movie.
Not a bad comedy directed by Carl Reiner starring George Segal and Ruth Gordon. Though there are funny moments throughout (mainly with Ruth Gordon), it strays from the plot a lot of times and it basically just plays out like an extended sitcom. I could have done without the brother, his scenes didn't work. However, Ruth Gordon should be reason enough to see this, it's a fun comedic role, I just wish she had more screen time.