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Ex-cabaret siren Angela Arden (Charles Busch) is no longer in love with her husband (Philip Baker Hall), and is disconnected from her children. In an attempt to escape her marriage so that she can be with a hunky layabout (Jason Priestley), she poisons her husband. But when she begins to suspect that her daughter (Natasha Lyonne) and gay son are also sleeping with her paramour -- and they in turn begin to suspect their mother had a role in their father's death -- everything begins to fall apart.

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  • May 20, 2008
    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 href="http://s273.photobucket.com/albums/jj203/goji9000/?action=view¤t=Die.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj203/goji9000/Die.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
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  • Mar 24, 2007
    A very enjoyable send up/homage to <i>Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?</i> 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 <i>Psycho Beach Party</i>, 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 <i>Psycho Beach Party</i>, it's still another great "Sundance" flick.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Dec 27, 2006
    Weird beyond belief and very bad acting. Although the acid trip was fantastic.
    Leigh R Super Reviewer
  • Jun 25, 2006
    I'm almost entirely unfamiliar with the films "Die Mommie Die" is homaging / satirizing so I'm probably missing a lot of what's on offer here. It's all very competent and there are some very funny moments, but it never rises above something that feels camp for camps sake.
    J H Super Reviewer

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