Cinema: Twelve-Letter Obscenity

Oedipus Rex, King of Thebes, died this week in his new home, Where's Poppa? Mr. Oedipus was 2,500 years old and had been ailing for almost a century. His troubles began on the couch. From Oedipus complex it was an easy plunge to Oedipus simple, bottoming out in pop-psych idiocy like Where's Poppa?, which offers the case of Gordon Hocheiser (George Segal) and his mama (Ruth Gordon).

Miss Gordon, an accomplished performer for more than 50 years, is, to be charitable, miscast. As a latter-day Jocasta, she is too venerable to inspire a son...

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