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Throw Momma from the Train
Owen asked his friend, Larry, for a small favor...
Larry Donner is a author and writing professor who tutors people who want to write books. Larry's life has become a misery when his Ex-wife has published a book he wrote under her name and has gotten rich over it. Owen Lift, one of Larry's students offers Larry to kill Larry's Ex-wife and in return Owen wants Larry to kill his horrible mother. Larry thinks it is a joke, until he learns Owen killed his Ex-wife and he has become the prime suspect.
After watching The Designated Victim (another [Italian]movie adapting the story from Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train), I felt like revisiting Danny DeVito's Throw Momma from the Train.
What I find the most interesting about this revisit is that while I really enjoyed Billy Crystal's performance (also that of Anne Ramsey who was a real trooper despite appearing to be half-dead most of the time), I think DeVito should have cast someone else as Owen, he had trouble passing off the character.
Another thing I found interesting and sort of unnerving was that Billy Crystal was pretty attractive in this movie, I never noticed it before but I think as I get older I find myself attracted to a totally different…
The funny far outweighs the unfunny, and it was shot by Barry Sonnenfeld so it looks amazing. Throw in the fact it's a spritely 88 minutes and you could do a lot worse on a rain-fucked Sunday afternoon.
Showcasing Danny DeVito's immense talents both as an actor and as a filmmaker, Throw Momma from the Train is a dark comedy that's as pitch-black as it is wildly hilarious, with wonderful performances, terrific chemistry between DeVito and Billy Crystal, stylish cinematography, creative and energetic direction, memorable characters, and snappy writing.
That Pepsi scene had me in hysterics, but unfortunately I didn't find the rest of the film to be as funny. The ending felt too rushed and the film in general could've been more darker to fit its subject matter. However Anne Ramsey completely stole the show and was great enough for me to give this a pass.
What an underrated film this is. Throw Momma from the Train was apparently relatively popular back in 1987 but doesn’t seem to be talked about very much today. For director Danny DeVito, his one-two punch of this and then The War of the Roses in 1989 make me surprised that he didn’t take off as a more popular director as I feel both of these films are dark mini-masterpieces.
Throw Momma from the Train tells the story of a creative writing professor named Larry (Billy Crystal) with severe writer’s block, not to mention an ex-wife who has stolen his story idea, who runs into a small, insecure and sort of mentally slow man named Owen (Danny DeVito) who takes his…
"Dive! Dive!" yelled the Captain through the thing! So the man who makes it dive pressed a button, or a something, and it dove. And, the enemy was foiled again.
"Looks like we foiled them again." said Dave.
"Yeah," said the Captain. "We foiled those bastards again. Didn't we, Dave?"
"Yeah." said Dave. The End.
The concept for this movie (a misinterpreted understanding of a conversation about Stranger's on a Train actually has a lot of potential for comedy, but instead of going in a dark comedy route this film goes in a more slapsticky direction. It makes sense for DeVito to cast himself and Crystal since that's the direction the film takes, but practically nothing lands and everything feels out of place.
I have a real soft spot for 80s crime/comedy films. I don't know why I hadn't seen this until now. It was plenty of fun.
Benson Movie Interruption at the Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton.
Fun movie, 88 min run time is almost a little to long but it does not overstay its welcome.
Struggling writer Larry (Billy Crystal) resents his ex-wife's (Kate Mulgrew) success. Childish Owen (Danny DeVito) is at his wit's end with his overbearing mother (Anne Ramsey). If only these strangers could get on a sort of train of thought in handling these problems. Very amusing dark comedy, well-acted (especially by DeVito) with many neat touches.
Colorfully shot by Barry Sonnenfeld with a wonderfully off-kilter score by David Newman.
Danny De Vito's character is so great.
A deliciously nasty black comedy about a middle-aged schlub (Danny DeVito) who wants to bump off his mother and hatches a plan to do so with a bitter divorcée, who wants to bump off HIS ex-wife. The movie is completely unapologetic in its cynicism, and gives us no one to like, but for once that works in the movie's favor rather than as a turn off.
Anne Ramsey, as DeVito's battle axe mom, steals the show in a grotesquely funny performance. Even though she's a horror, you end up rooting for her, because it seems like she could kick both DeVito's and Crystal's asses at the same time with both hands tied behind her back.
I saw this movie listed on one of those free movie on demand services that some cable providers have. I thought, "what they hey" and took a chance on. It is supposed to be a comedy, but it was any but funny. I don't even remember laughing while watching it.
Anne Ramsey's character, Mrs. Lift, was an old bat and mean to her son Owen played by Danny DeVito. Her character is quite easy to immitate. It is quite annoying. Even though Owen loves his "mama" as you really see at the end of the movie, he has these psychotic thoughts about killing her. He was driven to the brink of snapping. Sure he hated how he was treated, but…
Dass Billy Crystal und Danny DeVito in diesem bitter-bösen Spaß überzeugen ist ja fast klar, aber das wahre Highlight ist Anne Ramsey. Wer so eine Mutter hat, braucht keine Feinde mehr; oder Freunde; oder sonst irgendwie Menschen um sich.
Stolen from Graham J
To enter the league I must have seen 3 or more films by the individual director…