Throw Momma from the Train

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"Owen asked his friend Larry for a small favor."
  • PG-13
  • 1987
  • 1 hr 28 min
  • 6.3  (39,157)
  • 56

Throw Momma from the Train is a 1987 black comedy film directed by Danny DeVito, who also stars in the film alongside Billy Crystal and Kim Greist. The movie tells the story of a struggling writer named Larry (Crystal) who attends a creative writing course that is taught by bitter and resentful instructor, Owen (DeVito). Larry's relationship with his ex-wife Margaret (Greist) is strained, and his writing career is going nowhere.

Owen is obsessed with his ex-wife and perceives her happiness as a betrayal. Owen decides he wants revenge against his ex-wife, but he can't bring himself to do it. When Larry jokes about wanting to kill his ex-wife after being pushed to his limit by her verbal abuse, Owen takes him literally, and they hatch a plan. Owen will kill Larry's ex-wife, and Larry will kill Owen's overbearing, manipulative momma (Anne Ramsey).

The plot thickens after Larry backs out of the plan and Owen goes through with his part in the murder scheme, but things don't quite go as planned. Owen ends up getting into all sorts of sticky situations, including being involved in a love triangle and getting interrogated by the police.

The film is full of clever and witty dialogue, making for some entertaining moments. DeVito and Crystal's chemistry on screen is impeccable, and they play off each other's characters' quirks and idiosyncrasies remarkably well. Each actor gives a strong, convincing performance in their respective roles, which makes the movie engaging and enjoyable to watch.

What makes the movie so compelling is the dynamic between Owen and his momma, played by the legendary Anne Ramsey. Momma is an absurdly unpleasant character who is overbearing, manipulative, and cruel, which makes her a perfect obstacle for Owen to overcome. The tension between Owen and Momma creates some tense and awkward moments, and Ramsey's over-the-top performance is nothing short of brilliant.

Overall, Throw Momma from the Train is a quirky and fun movie that balances its dark humor with light-hearted moments. Crystal and DeVito engage audiences with their characters' bickering and comedic situations, while Ramsey creates a memorable antagonist that viewers will love to hate. The film's outstanding cast, sharp writing, and unique plot make it a film that is sure to stand the test of time.

Throw Momma from the Train is a 1987 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 28 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.3 and a MetaScore of 56.

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    6.3  (39,157)
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