Die Mommie Die! (2003)



Critic Consensus: 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.
R (for strong sexual content, language and a drug scene)
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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
Victor Raider-Wexler
as Sam Fishbein
Nora Dunn
as Shatzi Van Allen
Sara Gilbert
as Janice
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!

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (22)

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

December 12, 2003
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | November 28, 2003
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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?

Full Review… | November 28, 2003
Denver Post
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

All this probably worked much better as a stage production.

Full Review… | October 31, 2003
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Die Mommie Die!

A really fun campy movie with great performances from Charles Busch, Natasha Lyonne, Stark Sands, Jason Priestly, and Frances Conroy. It's kind of a spoof of movies like Mommie Dearest about a diva mother and a messed up family and if you take it too seriously, you'll miss out on the fun. Great costumes, hair, make up, art direction/production design, and writing.

Kyle Bailey
Kyle Bailey

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

El Hombre Invisible
El Hombre Invisible

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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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