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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 ... See full summary »

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Louise Callan
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Colonel Hendricks
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Coach Williams
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Gladys Hocheiser
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Owner of 'Gus & Grace's Home'
William LeMassena ...
Judge (as William Le Massena)
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Army Lawyer
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Roger
Joe Keyes Jr. ...
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Israel Lang ...
Mutha
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Garrett
Arnold Williams ...
Arnold
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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. He fears that his batty mom's eccentricities will shortly lead to Louise's departure. Written by alfiehitchie

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I wish momma would stop saying that! Yeah.

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17 January 1972 (Sweden)  »

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Going Ape  »

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Bill Adams and Vic Ramos are listed in the opening credits, which had no character names, but are not in the end credits, which listed the character names. On the other hand, Fuddles was not in the opening credits but listed last in the end credits. See more »

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Mrs. Hocheiser: [after being dropped off at a retirement home] Poppa?
Poppa: Momma?
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Referenced in Siskel & Ebert: Worst of '92 (1993) See more »

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Pleasure Palace
Music by Jack Elliott
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Sung by Bright Cheerstrad
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Not quite as funny as you've been led to believe...
25 April 2001 | by (Western Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

...but still worth a look-see. I, too, only saw it for the first time recently, based on a friend's glowing recommendation, and I have to say that, for the most part, it didn't live up to my friend's hype. George Segal is the best thing in the whole movie, a true master of the comedic slow-burn. Ruth Gordon, and I realize she has plenty of fans, is given little more to do than just spout "Where's Poppa?" all the time, which gets a bit annoying after awhile (although her best single scene is when she accosts her son--Segal--at the dinner table in front of his date).

I suppose my one real complaint is that the movie lacks heart, which may actually be a plus, depending on your comedic tastes--this is one mean-spirited movie, even for today's audiences. Certainly not for everybody, and DEFINITELY un-P.C., but it's got just enough laughs to warrant at least one viewing. I will admit, the best sequence of the whole film is the Rob Reiner/Bernard Hughes courtroom scene, which had me laughing out loud and is arguably the least politically correct bit in the movie (next to the black muggers in Central Park, of course).

One note: See if you can find a newer print, if it's available--the VHS copy that I saw had a HORRIBLE transfer.


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