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½ June 23, 2018
When creative-writing teacher Larry (Crystal) suggests that Owen (DeVito), dimmest of many dim students, see a Hitchcock movie to learn about motivation and alibi in murder thrillers, he little realises what he's letting himself in for. Owen, whose interpretation of Strangers on a Train leads him to believe that Larry would like him to kill his wife in return for the prof's disposal of Owen's obscenely senile, tyrannical mother, turns Larry's life (already a mess: ever since his wife stole his first novel, he's suffered from writer's block) into an absolute nightmare. A lively black comedy, surprisingly stylishly directed by DeVito (his début), it thankfully soft-pedals on the hysteria front to concentrate on verbal non-sequiturs and quirky characterisation. If it all gets a little soft-centred towards the end, there's more than enough vitality and invention to be going on with.

VERDICT: "In The Zone" - [Mixed Reaction] These kinds of movies are usually movies that had some good things, but some bad things kept it from being amazing. This rating says buy an ex-rental or a cheap price of the DVD to own. If you consider cinema, ask for people's opinion on the film. (Films that are rated 2.5 or 3 stars)
April 19, 2018
While the leads are charming and funny as ever, the material here is too underdeveloped to sustain the whole movie (which is overly padded with arbitrary, unnecessary gags as it is). Add to that the flat and outdated gender politics (especially the cringe-inducing chorus of Crystal's "sluts"), and by the time the characters finally reach the eponymous train, you'll be ready to jump off, too.
½ February 11, 2018
The acting is dreadful, Danny DeVito's direction is an awful joke and the result overall is that this film should have never been made.
September 21, 2017
Quite brilliant and utterly ridiculous. Underrated, forgotten.
½ November 9, 2016
Dark and a little over the top story, it is a good movie that holds up outside of the technology. Really typewriters in 1987? The second act with Billy hiding from the cops dragged the plot a little long for me. However, the plot wrapped up nicely in the end. Without Devito or Crystal, it would have been a forgotten 80s comedy as both are the real reason why this is any good.
½ November 4, 2016
Billy Crystal and Danny Devito star in the black comedy Throw Mamma from the Train. Billy Crystal is Larry, a writer who is having a case of writer's block, and blames it on his ex-wife who stole the credit for his book which is a hit. He teaches a course on writing, and encounters Owen (Devito). Larry is a terrible writer and constantly consults Larry for advice on how to improve his writing. As the two continue to get to know each other, they both discover that they both hate a woman in their life and this is what they have the most in common.

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.

June 14, 2016
This comedy is a prime example of a good idea for a movie but nothing to say about that idea. Seriously, it's as if the screenplay was written on a napkin. A great title and premise does not make a great movie and this film is proof.
April 25, 2016
I think it's fair to say that ANY co-star with Danny Devito would make an "odd couple", however Billy Crystal and he have a great chemistry in this film. The 'momma' is so well cast as annoying that you honestly want to see her murdered and would be disappointed if she weren't. Yes- that bad. Entertaining, but not worth watching more than once in a lifetime. Rating: 6.5 / 10
April 23, 2016
hilarious...great all around
April 4, 2016
Entertaining movie with DeVito and Crystal, however not too many huge laughs. Still good on screen chemistry between the two big leads.
February 13, 2016
Kinda grating, but clever enough. And shot nicely.
February 5, 2016
I'm going to kill the bitch.

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."

Grade: C+
September 4, 2015
I certainly found much of this movie to be funny. However, the story never gets as dark as you might hope for it to get. As far as 80's comedies go, this one isn't that bad.
½ August 13, 2015
throw momma from the train was watchable billy crystal saved the movie but I
could not stand danny devitos character one bit he was very annoying and a pest
½ July 31, 2015
I just can't stop looking at Anne Ramsey. Funny weird movie.
½ June 13, 2015
Anne Ramsey's role as Momma makes this comedy entertaining and enjoyable.
May 29, 2015
Billy Crystal and Danny Devito are so great at comedy that it is so natural to like them in pretty much any movie but this movie is pretty blatant on spoofing on the Strangers on a Train story that it just would be better off watching Hitchcock's masterpiece.
½ March 22, 2015
Some laughs but not a great amount of focus......pretty tame which was a shame.
March 11, 2015
I like it mainly because I'm a big Danny DeVito fan. It appears dated a little and drags on at the beginning but the comedy between DeVito and Ann Ramsay is better than with Billy Crystal although he isn't terrible. It turns out to be a cute movie and even a bit wholesome!
½ February 13, 2015
Good parody on Hitchcock's film with funny perfomances and situations.
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