Monday, September 18, 2006

Throw Mama from the Train

Billy Crystal
Danny Devito

Over the weekend I happened to see a movie on TV with Billy Crystal and Danny Devito which I later found out to be an 80’s comedy called Throw Mama from the Train.Crysal plays Larry Donner and Danny Devito plays Owen Lift. This film follows a distressed writer and professor (Donner) who loathes his ex-wife and one of his students (Lift) who also despises his own mother. Owen seems to be a bit deranged and lacking the attention he deserves in his writing in Larry’s class. We venture on a comedic thrill ride with Owen’s character in an attempt to kill Larry’s wife in hope that Larry will in return kill his aging and annoying mother. A reluctant Larry is thrown into a position where he has to hide out at Owen’s house and carry out several plots to kill Owen’s mother which only end in some sort of pain or embarrassment for himself. The movie is carried by classic Billy Crystal comedy and Danny Devito antics. I laughed out loud several times, however, I would not characterize this film as “plot driven” in any way. When I was trying to find the title of the film I found that it was nominated for an Academy Award for the woman who played Devito’s mother and did an excellent job in the role. The end provides a twist that I did not expect and adds to the overall entertainment of the film. If you are looking for a laugh and have about an hour and a half to kill I recommend this classic 80’s comedy.

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Classic Quotes:

“I’m Owen’s friend. Owen doesn’t have any friends he’s fat and stupid.”

“The night was hot, wait no, the night, the night was humid. The night was humid, no wait, hot, hot. The night was hot. The night was hot and wet, wet and hot. The night was wet and hot, hot and wet, wet and hot; that's humid. The night was humid

1 comment:

Vladigogo said...

I remember going to the movie theatre to see this flick and it did not make a good impression on me.

Actually the biggest advertising part of the movie was the Momma character was played by the same woman who appeared in the Wendy's ads saying "Where's the Beef?"