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Die Mommie Die! (2003)

Cast: Charles Busch, Charles Busch, Natasha Lyonne, more...
Director: Mark Rucker, Mark Rucker
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Studio: Showtime Entertainment
Running Time: 90 min.
Languages: English
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This title is currently out of print.

Synopsis
Playwright, performer, and drag queen Charles Busch appears in the leading role as aging pop star Angela Arden in the darkly comic melodrama Die Mommie Die. Based on Busch's own play, this film marks the directorial debut of Mark Rucker. In 1967, Angela's career has hit bottom and she's trapped in a loveless marriage to film producer Sol Sussman (Philip Baker Hall). She gets involved in an affair with unemployed TV actor Tony Parker (Jason Priestley). After Sol suddenly dies, Angela's daughter Edith (Natasha Lyonne) plots a conspiracy of revenge and enlists the help of her brother, Lance (Stark Sands). Also featuring Nora Dunn and Frances Conroy. Busch has previously appeared in drag for the film adaptation of his play Psycho Beach Party in 2000. Die Mommie Die premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide

Special Features:

  • Commentary with Director Mark Rucker, Writer/Actor Charles Busch, and Actor Jason Priestley
  • Director's Introduction
  • Sundance Channel "Anatomy of a Scene: DIE MOMMIE DIE!"
  • "Why Not Me?" Music Video and Charles Busch Performance
  • Deleted Scene: "Angela Sees Herself"
  • Trailers
  • Screen Tests
  • Gallery of Rejected DIE MOMMIE DIE! Movie Posters
  • The Costumes of DIE MOMMIE DIE!
  • Photo Gallery: On Set and NY & LA Premiere Stills

Special Features:

  • Commentary with Director Mark Rucker, Writer/Actor Charles Busch, and Actor Jason Priestley
  • Director's Introduction
  • Sundance Channel "Anatomy of a Scene: DIE MOMMIE DIE!"
  • "Why Not Me?" Music Video and Charles Busch Performance
  • Deleted Scene: "Angela Sees Herself"
  • Trailers
  • Screen Tests
  • Gallery of Rejected DIE MOMMIE DIE! Movie Posters
  • The Costumes of DIE MOMMIE DIE!
  • Photo Gallery: On Set and NY & LA Premiere Stills

GreenCine Member Reviews

Spectacular job done by Busch by Synn June 8, 2005 - 10:07 AM PDT
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Redo this movie with a real female lead and you have a typical dysfunctional American family horror story. As done with a man playing a female role, you have same family but comedy. Of the weak chuckle variety. I saw florid, sweeping, grandiose acting by Charles Busch wearing always an excessive drag queen style wardrobe, against caricatured co-actors all in normal street clothes and looking oddly physically smaller. I saw among the rampant but bland infidelities by just everybody a few scenes that suggested incest between mother and son, and father and daughter. Compelling to watch only for CB's unmuted drag queen flamboyance, I find this still a timid movie, which if it had former Divine in the lead role could gain status of ribald.

Fun and campy by sethbecky August 16, 2004 - 3:26 PM PDT
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2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
First, let's get the easy stuff out of the way. This is *not* a "gay movie," nor is it only for those with "gay," "really gay," or "super gay" interests. One of the characters is gay, and one character is bi or "adaptable," but the lead is simply a woman played by a man. No more a gay theme than Linda Hunt playing Billy Kwan in The Year of Living Dangerously.

But it *is* for people with some specialized interests: campy melodrama and 40's-60's "womens' movies." This type of camp may only be associated in some people's minds with drag clubs, so that may feed into the perception that this is for the Hedwig crowd only.

The opening does move a little slowly, in keeping with the pacing of the genre(s) it's parodying. But if you enjoy the campy acting (Busch pulling each sentence out like it's an Oscar Moment and Lyonne's emotionless rapid-fire, no-nonsense staccato), you'll be fine waiting for the inevitable murder, plot twists, and revelation of secrets.

Straight or gay, if you like camp and melodrama, this is a screamer. The acting is wonderfully arch throughout, especially the always-fabulous Natasha Lyonne. Priestly is channeling every cut-rate actor overplaying a hard-boiled or film noir detective with just a splash of swaggering gigolo for good measure.

If you haven't seen Chinatown, Madame X, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane, sixties acid exploitation reels, Double Indemnity, etc. etc. etc., you will miss some of the jokes, but you'll still get the story and the humor. Quite fun and highly recommended.

Definitely check out the costuming throughout, especially on Lyonne and Busch. When Busch opens the wrap on the all-white ensemble from the first scene and we see what's underneath... well, it's fabulous. This is not the sweet, slight, lost woman moving ghostlike through the cemetary we expected. Great characterization through costuming.

Give this one a try, but expect melodrama camp. There's nothing subtle about the source material, and that goes double for this parody.

Die (but do it a little faster, please) by talltale August 14, 2004 - 2:46 PM PDT
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1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
DIE, MOMMIE, DIE is for "specialized" (read gay or super-gay-friendly) tastes. In it, female impersonator Charles Busch does a bang-up job of recreating, in one neurotic whole, a number of female movie icons from the black-and-white days (Busch does it in living color). Here are Davis, Crawford, Stanwyck and lots more. The movie itself is pretty silly plot-wise, and it moves so slowly that for the first half you may need a needle to prick yourself occasionally in order to keep alert. Things pick up toward the end, when Busch pulls out all his stops. The cast, top to bottom, is full of great talent, yet all of them have been seen to better advantage almost anywhere else (Jason Priestly is the exception: this and "Love & Death on Long Island" are his standouts). As a bonus, you'll probably find yourself humming the much reprised "Why Not Me?"--a terrific song that's also properly "period"--by the time the film is finished. Be sure to watch the Sundance "Anatomy of a Scene" on the dvd's extras. Seeing Mr. Busch as himself is startling, to say the least, and the way the moviemakers managed to create this particular scene on a tiny budget is engrossing--and nearly as much fun as the film itself.




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