Larry Donner is an author and writing professor who tutors people that want to write books. Larry's life has become a misery when his ex-wife Margaret has published a book he wrote under her name and has gotten rich over it. Owen Lift, one of Larry's students, offers Larry to kill Margaret, and in return Owen, wants Larry to kill his horrible mother. Larry thinks it's a joke, until he learns Owen killed his ex-wife. And Larry has now become the prime suspect. Written by
Danny DeVito once noted in an interview with Playboy Magazine that the scene where Owen shows his coin collection to Larry, was inspired by his childhood habit of sharing things with friends that involved whatever he was into at the time. It was his insistence as a director to include a sequence like this in the movie. Writer Stu Silver then wrote the scene. See more »
When Owen serves Larry breakfast, he takes the jelly jar in his left hand and starts to grab the spreading knife with his right. Mrs. Lift yells from the other room, and in the next shot, Owen reacts, now holding the already-jellied toast in his left hand. See more »
You were writing a letter.
You are writing to tell them to take me away! You want them to take me away!
I'm writing a story for class, Momma! I don't want them to take you away!
Yes, you do!
Owen loves his Momma!
Owen loves his Momma!
Owen loves his Momma, Owen loves his Momma, Owen loves his Momma, Owen loves his Momma...
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The credit for Assistant Sound Editor Robert Martel has a gap in the vertical stroke of the L. See more »
A deliciously nasty black comedy about a middle-aged schlub (Danny DeVito) who wants to bump off his mother and hatches a plan to do so with a bitter divorcée, who wants to bump off HIS ex-wife. The movie is completely unapologetic in its cynicism, and gives us no one to like, but for once that works in the movie's favor rather than as a turn off.
Anne Ramsey, as DeVito's battle axe mom, steals the show in a grotesquely funny performance. Even though she's a horror, you end up rooting for her, because it seems like she could kick both DeVito's and Crystal's asses at the same time with both hands tied behind her back.
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