This offbeat comedy finds Gordon Hocheiser (George Segal) as the New York City attorney who must contend with his overbearing Jewish mother (Ruth Gordon). Suffering from dementia, the eccentric Mrs. Hocheiser is forever asking… More This offbeat comedy finds Gordon Hocheiser (George Segal) as the New York City attorney who must contend with his overbearing Jewish mother (Ruth Gordon). Suffering from dementia, the eccentric Mrs. Hocheiser is forever asking "where's Poppa", forgetting he had died years ago. She has successfully sabotaged any romantic interest her son has ever brought home to momma. When Louise (Trish Van Devere) is scared away by the demented mother, Gordon calls his brother Sidney (Ron Liebman) to come over because he is in danger of mudering their mother. Sidney ends up in a gorilla suit and is forced to take part in the rape of an undercover officer in drag by a vicious gang. The embarrassed officer fails to report the assault but sends the jailed Sidney a dozen roses. Overcome with emotion, Sidney sits in jail, tearing up with joy because no one has ever sent him flowers. The enclosed note says "Thank you for a lovely evening." Gordon gets his brother out of jail only when he agrees to help look after their crazy mother. When Louis threatens to return to her family in the Midwest, Gordon quickly changes her mind. The two drop off the senile mother at a rest home where she thinks she recognizes the elusive poppa. Paul Sorvino, Rob Reiner, and Garret Morris make early screen appearances in what has become a minor comedy cult classic.