"[M]aybe one of the worst films in the entire solar system, including alien productions we've never seen."Sgt. Joseph Andrew 'Joe' Bomowski (Sylvester Stallone) is a tough Los Angeles detective leading an antisocial existence. His relationship with his on-again, off-again girlfriend and precinct supervisor Lt. Gwen Harper is on the rocks. He is thus dismayed when his meddling, mind-numbingly annoying mother Tutti (Estelle Getty from The Golden Girls) pays him a surprise visit from Newark. From the second she sets foot off the plane, she's driving him round the bend; showing embarrassing pictures of him and telling embarrassing stories about him to everyone on the plane and at the police station, insisting he eat a three course meal for breakfast, tucking him in and singing him a lullaby at night, and generally treating him as though he's seven years old. When she cleans the barrel of his gun with a pipe cleaner and thus ruins it, she heads to the hood to buy him a new one. Failing to get one legitimately from a gun store, she buys one illegally. In the process, she witnesses a homicide. She gives false information to the police about the homicide, instead letting Joseph take the case on all by himself so he can get a promotion; to his chagrin. She insists on accompanying as he investigates it; to his even greater chagrin.The movie is considered to be one of the low points of Stallone's film career and the film that he considers to be an Old Shame of his.
—Sylvester Stallone's blurb on the film
This film provides examples of:
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parent: Played to a "T", Embarrassing Old Photos and everything.
- Imagine Spot: Joe imagining his mother come after him with a huge pack of diapers and an oversized bottle of talcum powder.
- Obstructive Vigilantism: The titular mom is not telling all the details so that her son can investigate.
- Reckless Gun Usage: After an evening of horribly misguided attempted gun maintenance, Tutti wakes up her son by pointing the gun at his face and saying "Go ahead...make your bed."
- Title Drop: Stallone says "Stop! Or my mom will shoot!" during a shootout at a warehouse.