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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: 61%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
""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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"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
"Danny DeVito's directing debut seems to indicate he is not yet ready to direct. The characters are neither believable nor likable and the comedy is not funny."
‑ Mark R. Leeper, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"If it all gets a little soft-centred towards the end, there's more than enough vitality and invention to be going on with."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Better yet, just throw the whole thing in front of a subway and hope it gets dragged a couple of miles."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"darkly hilarious"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Sultry."
‑ Kevin A. Ranson, MovieCrypt.com
"Mr. Crystal and Mr. DeVito ... make one of the oddest pairs imaginable but have a rapport that's a delight."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"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."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"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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