Throw Momma from the Train Reviews
Owen eventually believes that Larry wants him to murder his wife, and in return Larry will murder Owen's mother who drives him crazy. When Larry's wife does wind up dead, Larry is in a panic as he is sure he will become the prime suspect. Owen insists he performed the murder, and asks Larry to return the favor and his end of the bargain. The comedy ensues as Larry goes paranoid trying to avoid the police and the constant attempts Owen has trying to convince Larry to murder his mother.
Throw Mamma from the Train is definitely a black comedy and for a 1987 picture it was probably unique and somewhat ahead of its time. The film is a parody of Hitchcock's Stranger on a Train, and a scene from this movie is a driving force behind the plot. Devito as Owen comes off too normal to believe that Larry would really want him to kill his wife in exchange for Larry killing his mother. Crystal's comedic antics are mostly antiquated and not nearly as funny as the movie seems to believe they are. Anne Ramsey earned an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress and it is warranted. Her performance makes you root for the characters to actually kill her, which really helps drive the story. Devito's directorial debut is noted, as the film's style matches the intent of the film. Overall Throw Mamma from the Train really is only for those who love the two actors, or are a huge fan of black comedies.
An ex-husband that is an author and adult teacher meets a man that takes care of his mother, struggles with writing, and is sick of being belittled by his mother. One night at the bar they discuss their problems and taking care of each other's arch nemesis. The student goes through and kills the teacher's ex-wife, leaving the teacher to come through on his end...
"Go bury him in the yard before he stinks up the place."
Danny DeVito, director of Hoffa, The War of the Roses, Matilda, Duplex, Death of Smoochy, Queen B, The Ratings Games, and episodes from the television series Taxi, delivers Throw Mama from the Train. The storyline for this picture is average but fun and appropriate for the comedic genre. The acting is okay but appropriate for the content and the cast includes Danny DeVito, Billy Crystal, Rob Reiner, Kim Greist, and Anne Ramsey.
"She's not a woman. She's the terminator."
I came across this on HBOGO and had not seen it for a long time so I watched it again. This had a couple funny sequences and I enjoyed the character interaction. This is far from a classic or an all time great, but this is definitely worth a viewing and your time.
"I'm being held captive by a little troll."
could not stand danny devitos character one bit he was very annoying and a pest