Die Mommie Die! (2003)
Playwright, performer, and drag queen Charles Busch appears in the leading role as aging pop star Angela Arden in the darkly comic melodrama Die Mommie Die. Based on Busch's own play, this film marks the directorial debut of Mark Rucker. In 1967, Angela's career has hit bottom and she's trapped in a loveless marriage to film producer Sol Sussman (Philip Baker Hall). She gets involved in an affair with unemployed TV actor Tony Parker (Jason Priestley). After Sol suddenly dies, Angela's daughter Edith (Natasha Lyonne) plots a conspiracy of revenge and enlists the help of her brother, Lance (Stark Sands). Also featuring Nora Dunn and Frances Conroy. Busch has previously appeared in drag for the film adaptation of his play Psycho Beach Party in 2000. Die Mommie Die premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. … More
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Critic Reviews for Die Mommie Die!
You quickly start to realize that there's not much of a movie here.
Cheesy, corny and cheap. In other words, it's everything writer-star Charles Busch wanted his spoof of B-movies to be.
Aside from meeting a memorable character -- an aging pop diva with self-dramatizing flair -- this comedy thrives on arch melodrama and movie smarts.
How can you not like a movie where characters spout ridiculous dialogue such as, 'You can't discard me like one of your false eyelashes!' and believe every word they're hissing?
Picture Far From Heaven done as a farce with a drag queen in the Julianne Moore role. Or don't picture it -- Die is still hotly hilarious.
If Far From Heaven had had any sense of humor, it might have looked a little like this.
An extended skit on The Carol Burnett Show with fleeting full frontal nudity.
Soapy and trashy, and more than a little bit ludicrous. But there's quite a bit of subtext if you need it.
...Busch drags his campy send-up of Hollywood melodramas to the screen, and honey does it drag.
Die Mommie Die! seems more like an amateur revue, perfectly all right for what it is, but not meant to be seen beyond an audience of friends and family.
This is such a smug, self-satisfied film that it will leave a bad taste in your mouth, whether you're a fan of old melodramas or not.
A loving homage to every movie Joan Crawford ever barreled her shoulder pads through.
Director Mark Rucker has the right intentions, but unfortunately, not enough skill in terms of comic timing and film pacing to make this confection really soar into parody heaven.
Bad camp...despite the stylistic similarity, about as far from 'Far from Heaven' as you can get.
Audience Reviews for Die Mommie Die!
Die Mommie Die is more than a modern take on melodramas from the '50s and '60s in which unpleasant situations were blown out of proportion in order to let people like Bette Davis and Joan Crawford strut their stuff.
Imagine stepping back in time, going to the movies and catching a Bette Davis flick, only without Bette Davis. The actress might be missing, but the style, plot elements and acting are all very similar. Cross-dresser Charles Busch in the lead role is every bit as glamorous and classy, even if the humor is not. Everything is sensationalized, twisted and overly dramatic, and like most strong parodies, "Die Mommie Die!" doesn't wear out its' welcome.
A very enjoyable send up/homage to Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? type films, this is a funny tale of double-crossings, secrets and murder, starring and written by Charles Busch (who also starred in and wrote Psycho Beach Party, with which this film shares a similar tone).
There's a really fantastically done LSD trip scene in here, complete with kaleidoscopic colors, black and white flashbacks and gender-bending lip-synching, which really attests to the skill and economy in the making of the film.
All of the actors (thankfully) ham it up and seem to be having a great time, and while it's not quite as funny or successful as Psycho Beach Party, it's still another great "Sundance" flick.
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