Throw Momma from the Train
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Throw Momma from the Train
The "exchange murders" plot gambit, played with utter solemnity in Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train, is used as the launching pad for raucous laughter in Throw Momma From the Train. Director/star Danny DeVito plays Owen Lift, a middle-aged bachelor, totally dominated by his gorgon mother, played with hilarious ferocity by Anne Ramsey. Billy Crystal co-stars as Larry Donner, a creative-writing professor, saddled with a vituperative, thoroughly despicable ex-wife, Margaret (Kate Mulgrew). Signing up for Larry's writing course, Owen has trouble at first with character… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Dark '80s comedy with slapstick and sexual content."
‑ Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
"This black comedy careens all over the place to squeeze laughs out of matricide, jealousy, and the ego trip of writers. Most of the time, the humor is strained"
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"darkly hilarious"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
‑ Kevin A. Ranson,
"Funny film that sort of play-acts being a black comedy"
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"A rather sweet little comedy masquerading as a black comedy."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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