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Die Mommie Die! (2003)



Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 59
Fresh: 38 | Rotten: 21

This stagy production has enough funny moments to work.


Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 6

This stagy production has enough funny moments to work.



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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



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Jun 29, 2004

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You quickly start to realize that there's not much of a movie here.

December 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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Cheesy, corny and cheap. In other words, it's everything writer-star Charles Busch wanted his spoof of B-movies to be.

November 28, 2003 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Aside from meeting a memorable character -- an aging pop diva with self-dramatizing flair -- this comedy thrives on arch melodrama and movie smarts.

November 28, 2003
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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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?

November 28, 2003 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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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.

November 4, 2003
Rolling Stone
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All this probably worked much better as a stage production.

October 31, 2003 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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This drag queen camp farce was an unfunny drag.

July 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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If Far From Heaven had had any sense of humor, it might have looked a little like this.

July 8, 2004 Full Review Source:

An extended skit on The Carol Burnett Show with fleeting full frontal nudity.

April 9, 2004 Full Review Source:

Soapy and trashy, and more than a little bit ludicrous. But there's quite a bit of subtext if you need it.

March 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

...Busch drags his campy send-up of Hollywood melodramas to the screen, and honey does it drag.

February 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

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.

December 14, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

It plugs ahead on the stamina and sheer nerve of its author-star.

December 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

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.

December 11, 2003 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly
Las Vegas Weekly

It's a tawdry, silly and self-satisfied film, but in the best ways.

December 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Oregonian

A loving homage to every movie Joan Crawford ever barreled her shoulder pads through.

November 28, 2003 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The best thing about "Die, Mommie Die" is the title.

November 4, 2003 Full Review Source:

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.

November 3, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A one-note farce that struggles just to remain on key.

November 3, 2003 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Bad camp...despite the stylistic similarity, about as far from 'Far from Heaven' as you can get.

November 3, 2003 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Charles Busch channels Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Lana Turner and Susan Hayward in the lovingly crafted "Die Mommie! Die!" - this you HAVE to see!

November 3, 2003 Full Review Source: EDGE Boston
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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.
May 18, 2009
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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.
April 10, 2007

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