Throw Momma from the Train
Throw Momma from the Train (1987)

Inspired by Strangers on a Train, Owen, a middle-aged bachelor saddled with a monstrous mother, suggests a trade to his writing professor: he'll kill the professor's despicable ex-wife if the professor kills Owen's mother. The… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: May 8, 2001
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Critic Score
61%
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User Score
55%



Critic Score: 61% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Danny DeVito's direction is too broad to offer the kind of nastiness that would have made Throw Momma from the Train truly special, but DeVito's on-screen chemistry with co-star Billy Crystal makes this a smoothly entertaining comedy.

Variety Staff
Variety

Very clever and engaging from beginning to end, pic builds on the notion that nearly everyone - at least once in life - has the desire to snuff out a relative or nemesis, even if 99.9% of us let the urge pass without ever acting on it.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

"Throw Momma from the Train" is a series of missed opportunities and unexploited situations, a movie that wants to have genuine nastiness at its heart but never quite works up the energy or the nerve to be truly heartless.

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

Dark '80s comedy with slapstick and sexual content.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

If it all gets a little soft-centred towards the end, there's more than enough vitality and invention to be going on with.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Better yet, just throw the whole thing in front of a subway and hope it gets dragged a couple of miles.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

darkly hilarious

Janet Maslin
New York Times

Mr. Crystal and Mr. DeVito ... make one of the oddest pairs imaginable but have a rapport that's a delight.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

You can feel how much fun it was for DeVito to direct this. But the movie's one-note broadness seems suited more to cable.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Funny film that sort of play-acts being a black comedy

More reviews for Throw Momma from the Train

Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
Ugh! And tie the director to the tracks! This is mindless dreck with a supremely annoying and unimaginative cast.
AJ Verser
I loved this dark comedy! The cast is brilliant, and although the story sort of borrows from Strangers on a Train, and it even admits to doing so, it's… More
Spencer S.
This isn't funny. I didn't want you to keep those hopes so high like mine were when I started watching this. Comedy films coming out around this time… More
Lady D'arbanville
A much better film than I remember this to be, based loosely on Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train, Danny Devito and Billy Crystall make for a great comedy… More
Apeneck Fletcher
A little comedic fun riffing off of Hitchcock's "Strangers on a Train" premise.
Jens S.
Hilarious black humor comedy about a murder pact. DeVito and Crystal work great together and the story offers many Hitchcock quotes and a pretty exciting and… More