Where's Poppa? | Chicago Reader

Where's Poppa?

Carl Reiner's compendium of every Jewish-mother joke you ever heard (1970), including those you wish you hadn't. It's essentially a comedy of embarrassment, with enough oedipal and exhibitionistic overtones to delight Freud (who always liked a good Jewish-mother joke himself), though the well-etched New York milieu adds a level of satiric authenticity. With Ruth Gordon as Mom, George Segal as sweet-tushed sonny, Trish Van Devere, and Ron Leibman. 82 min.

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