6.5/10
1,812
46 user 33 critic

Die, Mommie, Die! (2003)

R | | Comedy | 31 October 2003 (USA)
An ex-pop singer kills her much-hated husband to be with her young lover. Her daughter plots Electra-like revenge.

Director:

Writers:

(play), (screenplay)

On Disc

at Amazon

4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Spoof of 1960's Beach Party/Gidget surfing movies mixed with slasher horror films stars Lauren Ambrose as Florence Forrest, a not-so-innocent girl in 1960's Malibu who becomes "Chicklet" ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Lee King
Stars: Lauren Ambrose, Nicholas Brendon, Thomas Gibson
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

In high school, Matt and Ryan were best friends. More than friends, actually. But in the ensuing ten years, they've lost contact. So when Matt receives an invitation to Ryan's wedding he's ... See full summary »

Director: C. Jay Cox
Stars: Tori Spelling, Philipp Karner, James O'Shea
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A coming-of-age tale about a showtunes- and old Hollywood-obsessed boy and his effete Danish mentor. The two bond and teach each other lessons about self-acceptance over the course of one magical summer on the Jersey Shore.

Director: Charles Busch
Stars: P.J. Verhoest, Dana Ivey, Polly Bergen
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

William, a once obese and depressed adolescent, is able to move past his teenage years when he moves to the city and comes out as being gay. When he returns home though, he can't cope with his memories.

Director: Thom Fitzgerald
Stars: Chris Leavins, Kerry Fox, Ian Parsons
Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked! is the access-all-areas pass to the drama that you didn't see on the runway--the backstage bitchiness, the catfights, the struggles, the tears and the secrets.... See full summary »

Stars: RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Santino Rice
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A suicidal comedy about two young lovers who get married and escape from a mental institution in search of new ways to die...and the white light.

Director: Michael Parness
Stars: Lorraine Bracco, David Paymer, Emma Adele Galvin
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Three actresses at various places on the Hollywood food chain navigate the minefield of love, aging, and ambition. Oh, and they're all played by men!

Director: Richard Day
Stars: Jack Plotnick, Clinton Leupp, Jeffery Roberson
Jelly (2010)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Are you one of the millions still wondering why you life didn't turn out like a "John Hughes" Movie? ...Jelly is!

Director: Waleed Moursi
Stars: Sarah Louise Wilson, John Boyd, Natasha Lyonne
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Angela Arden / Barbara Arden
...
Angela's Fan
...
Tony Parker
...
Edith Sussman
...
Bootsie Carp
...
Sol Sussman
...
Lance Sussman
...
Policeman (as Josh Hutchinson)
Victor Raider-Wexler ...
Sam Fishbein
...
Shatzi Van Allen
...
Moving Man #1 (as Chris McDaniel)
...
Moving Man #2
...
Tuchman
...
Leather Daddy
Edit

Storyline

Retired singing star, Angela Arden, heads a dysfunctional family. Her husband, filmmaker Sol Sussman, hates her and has a kissy relationship with his nubile daughter, Edith. Angela carries on an affair with Tony Parker, a lounge lizard, who sleeps with both Edith and her brother, Lance, but not before Angela plots to murder Sol when he cuts off her allowance. Bootsie Carp, the family maid loyal to Sol, is on to Angela, but the diva works quickly and poisons Sol. Edith suspects foul play and wants Lance's help in proving mom's guilt. Lance, who loves his mother deeply, is conflicted. Will Edith succeed? Does love lurk somewhere? And what about Angela's long dead sister, Barbara? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Hollywood...It's a dirty town but someone has to do it!

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, language and a drug scene
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

31 October 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Piccole bugie travestite  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Charles Casillo alleged that 'Charles Busch' had plagiarized his 1989 play "One Night Stand In A Lonely Hotel" and a temporary restraining order was issued ordering that he be given credit for the story and play. On 7 November 2003, a judge ruled that there were "no substantial similarities of protectible expression" between the play and the film and ordered that the injunction be removed, and that Busch be given sole credit for the film. See more »

Goofs

Movie is set in 1967 but Angela sings the Blood, Sweat & Tears hit "Spinning Wheel" which was not released until 1969. See more »

Quotes

Lance Sussman: Buster, if you want any singin' outta me, you better haul out that bratwurst and spread some mustard on it.
See more »

Crazy Credits

After the credits, there is silent black and white footage of Angela christening a ship. See more »

Connections

References Strait-Jacket (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
Written by William E. Barton
Performed by Charles Busch
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

High camp genre parody works pretty well
21 January 2003 | by (Budapest) – See all my reviews

Charles Busch is a female impersonator who writes and stars in genre parodies. His last filmed effort was Psycho Beach Party. This latest effort, Die Mommie Die, is a parody of the drama queen melodramas of the 50s and 60s, in which actresses like Susan Hayward schemed and

seduced callously, and encountered crises which were not only larger than their real-life counterparts, but also arrived with far greater frequency.

The genre died out of the film world before most of you were born, but it left behind a legacy of nighttime soap operas like Dynasty, so if you can remember Joan Collins on the small screen, you'll have a good idea of the equivalent big screen target Busch is focusing on.

Busch is a talented guy, whom you may remember from his portrayal of Nat Ginsberg on Oz. I don't know if it's even correct to call him a female impersonator. He is a male who plays certain types of female roles convincingly. His characterization in this film is so convincing that you'll forget he is a male, and his writing shows a real gift for walking the line between lampoon and homage.

Busch and director Mark Rucker got the actors to deliver all their outrageous lines in a consistently theatrical and obviously insincere style to match Busch's own. I thought Jason Priestly was especially funny as a bisexual gigolo. The entire film plays out as if everyone in the cast knows he or she is in a high camp entertainment, and wants the audience to know that they know.

I laughed a lot, to tell you the truth. I suppose drag queen movies may not be what most of you are looking for. Me neither. But the fact of the matter is that Busch can probably evoke the actresses of that era better than any contemporary female I can name. Hell, When I was a kid I always wondered if Bette Davis and Joan Crawford were really middle aged men in wigs, so who better to portray them than a 48 year old man in a wig?

Busch is making fun of the melodrama queens, but he also has a gift for witty dialogue and a genuine regard for the subject matter which makes this an entertaining confection about part of filmdom's barely-remembered past.


22 of 24 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?