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Overall Rating
3.86

Awesome42.11%
Worth A Look: 29.82%
Average: 12.28%
Pretty Bad: 3.51%
Total Crap: 12.28%

4 reviews, 33 user ratings


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Die Mommie Die!
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by Chris Parry

"A fabulous serving of smart satire that will quickly find a cult following."
4 stars

SCREENED AT THE 2003 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL: Now this is a funny flick, but those that will laugh hardest at it have a truly sarcastic, intellectual sense of humor. This is no Adam Sandler film, it’s a clever parody of Italian horror movies of the 70’s, Hollywood glamour of the 60’s and the American ‘TV family’ culture that we all grew up with. And the lead actress is a man.

Angela Arden (Charles Busch) used to be a world famous diva, the queen of Hollywood, the woman every man wanted - then she lost her ability hit the high notes and fell quickly from fame. Her husband Sol (Philip Baker Hall) is a washed up producer, her daughter (Natasha Lyonne) has a distinctly suspect relationship with her father, and her son (Stark Sands) is a rampant boy-toy… for boys. So when Angela’s affair with an out-of-work TV actor (Jason Priestley) is discovered, Sol decides to clamp down on her lifestyle – no singing, no allowance and no way out… except maybe with an arsenic-laced suppository!

This flick should be shown nightly on TVLand, it’s dripping in retro style and smart dialogue that parodies every cliché and formula of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Busch is outstanding, seemingly able to extract laughs from a change in vocal tone or a raised eyebrow. Rookie Sands is also outstanding, delivering picture perfect comedy and some pretty daring sexual scenes. Priestley too is totally on top of his game, portraying a Beverly Hills lothario who will lend his man-meat to anything or anyone.

Of course, the hilarious screenplay helps a lot, especially when Lyonne and Hall seem to struggle with their timing for much of the film. Lyonne doesn’t seem to have the whole ‘mugging for the camera’ thing down, while Hall has some good moments but he’s far too much of a character actor to be right for the role of TV dad. But these are small bumps in an otherwise smooth road. Die Mommie Die is a damn funny, damn good-looking film that will most certainly pick up a cult following among the Rocky Horror crowd.

It won’t play for everyone – those that laughed while Adam Sandler was freaking out at his sister in Punch Drunk Love would no doubt be silent throughout this thing. If you thought Rocky Horror was ‘okay, but not all that’ then Die Mommie Die is not for you. But if you have an open mind, a good knowledge of old film and TV, and like your sexual innuendo a little multi-flavored, this is one hell of a good movie.

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OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2003 Sundance Film Festival. For more in the 2003 Sundance Film Festival series, click here.

User Comments

8/25/08 David Fowler Busch is absolute genius. Hilarious, a virtually perfect parody. 5 stars
10/31/06 Charles Tatum Toothless satire 2 stars
7/30/04 Bucky n Wiz Campy, Hilarious, Wonderful homage to Actresses who actually knew how to Act 5 stars
7/28/04 Elizabeth Extremely entertaining with an interesting story. 4 stars
1/29/04 dirk A tour d'force" Angela arden is a screen legend 5 stars
1/19/04 Theaterlover Best Comedy Of The Year 5 stars
12/02/03 Baf A great film for a sophisticated audience 5 stars
12/01/03 J B Not for those who want the standard, formulaic movie tripe 4 stars
11/30/03 Thomas Go see this film. You'll laugh your ass off. It's really cool for the under 30 audience. 5 stars
11/18/03 Alex Very funny spoof of Joan Crawford, et al. 5 stars
11/16/03 Lee Summers Great movie -- Charles Busch is a genius 5 stars
11/13/03 Lorne die mommy die was boring, Jason Priestley sucks. 2 stars
11/11/03 Mike Was laughing the whole time. Sands & Priestly are both very hot in this show 5 stars
11/04/03 Andy Incredibly funny, soft lighting is the best, go see it, its awesome 5 stars
11/04/03 Josser I've not seen a rather hilarious campy gay movie in quite some time. This is worth it 5 stars
11/03/03 Ben cheap sets and uneven story flow 3 stars
11/01/03 liz johnson STARK SANDS: Remember the name. Awesome talent 5 stars
11/01/03 X XC 5 stars
10/31/03 xan taylor Prediction: Stark Sands is the next Tom Cruise 5 stars
10/22/03 Nimh BRILLIANT A very quirky and unique film. Priestley & Busch are particularly funny. 5 stars
10/04/03 mark davis stark sands is a hot little number 4 stars
7/15/03 Jim Smith Lighting, makeup and costumes ... and a great script! 5 stars
6/18/03 Thomas Saw it again in S.F.This movie has to win an Oscar! 5 stars
3/27/03 leah Funny, funny, funny! Jason Priestley is totally funny & hot!!! 5 stars
1/29/03 natasha petrich verry nice,specially the photography 5 stars
1/28/03 kitty saw it at sundance. cant wait to take all my friends! 5 stars
1/27/03 Scott Howard Busch is a genius- his Sundance Best Actor award is well deserved. 5 stars
1/27/03 Adam Little Perfectly cheesy. 4 stars
1/26/03 Thomas This was sensational. Will be a huge crossover hit, and play malls! 5 stars
1/26/03 Sarah An absolute riot. Can't wait to own it, so I can watch over and over. 5 stars
1/24/03 Busch Fan Amazing. The kind of film I will know by heart. 5 stars
1/24/03 Greg Evans My sister shot it. I saw it's premier. I laughed a lot and groaned a little. It is fun! 4 stars
1/23/03 Sean I never laughed once and name this the worst comedy I have ever seen. 1 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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