Throw Momma from the Train (1987)

Throw Momma from the Train

This week on Alcohollywood, we check out the 1980s Danny Devito-directed comedy Throw Momma from the Train, starring DeVito as a schlubby mama’s boy who, wishing the death of his mother (Anne Ramsey, The Goonies) gets mixed up in a Strangers on a Train-like bargain with his struggling writing teacher (Billy Crystal) to kill his mom in exchange for her lamprey-like ex-wife.

The result is a surprisingly hilarious and darkly comic buddy piece, with Crystal and Devito giving career-high performances bolstered by a strong, genuinely witty script and nuggets of magical realism in the strange world of the film (one of Devito’s hallmarks as a filmmaker). Throw yourself off the wagon with our custom cocktail and drinking rules!


THIS EPISODE’S DRINK: Momma’s Throw-Made Apple Pie A-La Mode (of TRAINsportation)

Throw Momma from the Train cocktail2 parts vanilla vodka

1 part spiced rum

1 part sour apple liqueur

2 parts ginger ale

dash, lemon juice (to taste)

Combine and stir. Throw into your mouth.




  1. Whenever you hear someone (usually Billy Crystal) says “The night was…”
  2. Any time you see a zoom
  3. Every time Larry or Owen fantasize about murdering someone


Larry says “I’m gonna go kill the bitch. You want anything?”

Next week, we light the Connickuh pianocandle as we celebrate our favorite made-up holiday, by watching Little Man Tate!

(Don’t forget to check us out at the Underground Wonder Bar Monday nights at 7pm, as Jared and Clint screen movies with some of our signature drinking rules! Next Monday’s is TBD, but that’s all the more reason to show up!)

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