Die Mommie Die!

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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 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.


Charles Busch
as Angela Arden
Philip Baker Hall
as Sol Sussman
Jason Priestley
as Tony Parker
Frances Conroy
as Bootsie Carp
Natasha Lyonne
as Edith Sussman
Stark Sands
as Lance Sussman
Nora Dunn
as Shatzi Van Allen
Josh Hutchinson
as Policeman
Jason Segel
as Larry the Hippie
Angela Paton
as Angela's Fan
Chris McDaniel
as Moving Man No.1
Tom Hughes
as Moving Man No.2
Paul Vinson
as Leather Daddy
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Critic Reviews for Die Mommie Die!

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

Dec 12, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

Cheesy, corny and cheap. In other words, it's everything writer-star Charles Busch wanted his spoof of B-movies to be.

Nov 28, 2003 | Full Review…

Aside from meeting a memorable character -- an aging pop diva with self-dramatizing flair -- this comedy thrives on arch melodrama and movie smarts.

Nov 28, 2003

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?

Nov 28, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

Nov 4, 2003 | Rating: 3/4

All this probably worked much better as a stage production.

Oct 31, 2003 | Full Review…

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. Photobucket

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Weird beyond belief and very bad acting. Although the acid trip was fantastic.

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

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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.

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Daniel Parsons

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