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Crystal plays Larry, a frustrated writer whose ex-wife is a plagiarist - she stole his novel and has become famous for writing it. Now he is attempting to write another book, but has gotten no farther than three words of the first chapter, so meanwhile he teaches a writing class to make a living.
Which is where DeVito comes in, portraying Owen. A terrible writer, he still lives with his manipulative mother, whom he fantasizes about killing. When he finds out Larry dreams of killing his ex, he decides they can trade - he kills Larry's ex, and Larry will kill his mother. Without setting up an agreement, Owen kills Larry's ex, and now expects him to keep up his end of the bargain!
The acting is well done, and DeVito manages to look as particularly pathetic as Owen. Anne Ramsey, as "Mama," received an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress for her memorable performance. Although Throw Momma From the Train doesn't hold much credibility, it is still comical, just because most Billy Crystal movies are.