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
For a time during filming, Danny DeVito was ill with flu-like symptoms. Balancing his heavy acting and directing responsibilities, and not taking time off, he said two things helped him get through those difficult days: cigarettes and chocolate. See more »
at around 1 min, somebody's hand is at the right in the frame. See more »
Momma! You're alive!
Old people - you have to reassure them.
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The credit for Assistant Sound Editor Robert Martel has a gap in the vertical stroke of the L. See more »
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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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