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Throw Momma From the Train

Year: 1987
Director: Danny DeVito
Cast: Danny DeVito, Billy Crystal, Anne Ramsey
An idea taken from Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train, where writing student (DeVito) becomes convinced that the perfect alibi to use in killing his grouchy old mother (Ramsey) is to switch murders, instead knocking off his neurotic professor's (Crystal) wife. A good idea and a bit patchy and could have been funnier given the comic talent of the leads, but obviously DeVito was opting for something a bit blacker rather than out and out laughs. A great subplot in Crystal trying top start a novel and not being able to get past the first sentence through the whole film before the grouchy mother comes up with the perfect sentence right away.

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