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
On the train Larry talks to Owen about the perfect beginning of a novel and mentions Charles Dickens' 'A Tale of Two Cities': "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." Momma then says, "The night was sultry," a variation of the line "The night was so very sultry," from the same novel. See more »
The locomotive is turned around in the two scenes when it passes the camera. See more »
You killed my wife, Owen!
No, I didn't... Yes, I did.
You're a sick man, Owen. You need care and I'm taking you to the police.
Did you know that Hawaii is a series of islands that was all spit up by the same volcano? I never knew that.
You killed somebody! You killed a person. You're a murderer. You took a life!
You're right. You're right, I'm no good. How could I do that? I'm a sick pers... cows!
[points at passing billboard]
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The credit for Assistant Sound Editor Robert Martel has a gap in the vertical stroke of the L. See more »
When aired on Comedy Central, the following alterations were made:
The title of the book Larry announces to the class is now called "100 Girls I'd like to Boing" instead of 'pork'
Whenever Larry would call his wife a 'slut' it was changed to 'sleaze'.
A scene, right after Larry dismisses class because he has a headache in his eye, that was deleted from the video but is present now is where Owen meets up with Larry in the parking lot and asks why he didn't read the book.
A scene where Owen and Larry meet right after Owen calls and asks why Larry didn't like his book. They were talking under a street lamp before they were sitting outside the grocery store.
A scene with Larry at the club he said he was at while Margaret's "murder" took place.
A scene of Larry and Beth camping out after Larry was talking to Rob Reiner where Beth had a copy of Margaret's book, which Larry took a strong dislike to.
Genius script, great acting, solid direction: The ingredients to a great film.
Larry Donner (Billy Crystal) has a crazy life: His wife (Kate Mulgrew) stole his book and left him, he has a new budding romance with a girl named Beth (Kim Greist), he doesn't know how to start his book, and his students of his screen writing class are stranger than most. However, one student (Danny DeVito) is extra strange. He lives with his evil Momma (Anne Ramsey) and he can't get up the courage to kill her. So than he goes to Larry for help, making his life go from normal crazy, to extra crazy!
Stu Silver should have done more! The dialog, the characters, the whole script is near perfect! And Danny DeVito has proved to me he's more than a great actor: he's a great director! His kid's movie Matilda is among my favorite family movies and now this is one of my favorite comedies.
It's a black comedy, most jokes are about murder, but it's damn funny! All of the actors are doing their full potential, whether they're main characters (Billy Crystal) or just one-bit minor characters (Olivia Brown).
If you like comedy (Who doesn't?) than you'll like this! 8/10 stars.
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