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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…
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.
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.
"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.
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…
Damn Ramsey. You poop! I recommend this movie more than the Avengers. Saw 8 movies this day, this was the last. Easily queered, just right.
With Shannon and Chris in living room. Brian came in for the last part. Streaming.
"That night was........"
This was worth a re-watch for the trumpet scene alone..
"LOUIS ARMSTRONG IS TRYING TO KILL ME!"
Eric Cartmen (more or less anyway. You can look at her as the same "Goonies" character if you want.) as Danny Devito's mom is good for some laughs. There were plenty of random bits I laughed at. But the sense of humor is so awkward that sometimes I'm not even sure why the joke is funny. There's too many odd quirks that I didn't find funny in this strange remake(?) of "Strangers on a Train." It's pretty bizarre but it is well made and makes for a decent airplane movie. Not really in line with my sense of humor I guess.
One's time would be much better spent rewatching Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train than this reworking of the story with Danny de Vito and Billy Crystal as the wouldbe murderers. It wasn't a complete waste of time as the funny bits were funny, but there were too many 'trying to be funny' bits that weren't.
I feel so much like Billy Crystal the past few months.
A good dark comedy with a charm unique to '80. Great performances by DeVito and Crystal.
Its been a while since I have seen this one, remember loving it when I was younger, not as funny as I remember it being but still funny...
Owen - "Momma! You're alive!"
The detectives give him a suspicious look.
Owen - "Old people - you have to reassure them."
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