Throw Momma from the Train

1987 PG-13 1h 28m DVD

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Throw Momma from the Train

1987 PG-13 1h 28m DVD
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Struggling mystery writer Larry is exasperated by his mediocre student, Owen, who has imagined a gentlemen's agreement to kill Larry's devious ex-wife if Larry offs Owen's domineering, overbearing mother in this classic black comedy.
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital Mono
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
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age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Throw Momma from the Train, a hit dark comedy from the '80s, has violent and sexual content that makes it inappropriate for younger kids. Characters fantasize about and openly discuss murdering those who have made their lives difficult. There's slapstick physical comedy on the order of a character getting hit in the head with a skillet, hit in the crotch with a cane, and thrown out the back of a moving train. Characters freely discuss sex, and in one scene, two characters start to have sex on a couch, and their moans can be heard. Expect occasional strong language, too, like "f--k" and "s--t."

Sexual Content

A couple has sex on a couch while an intruder spies. There is no nudity, but there are steady moans of pleasure. A man and woman start to kiss and decide they want to have sex in an outdoor town square train car, but get interrupted. During a creative writing class, one of the students turns in a story with the title "100 Girls I'd Like to Pork." Another student dismisses it as "whacking material."


In a fantasy sequence, a man dreams of stabbing his mother with a pair of scissors. The woman is later shown with the scissors going in one side of her head and sticking out the other. A man is hit on the head with a skillet. This man is hit in the testicles by an older woman with a cane. A car veers out of control when the brakes stop working. After several close calls, the car crashes into a tree; no one is injured. In another fantasy sequence a man strangles his ex-wife to death. A man is thrown off the back of a train and requires hospitalization afterwards.


Occasional profanity including: "f--k," "lard ass," "bastards," "bitch," and "s--t." A man frequently refers to his ex-wife as a "slut."

Social Behavior

Though couched in humor, the movie takes a rather negative view of women -- as nagging mothers and betraying wives. Larry's constant admonition that a "writer writes always" is good advice for aspiring writers.


A Pepsi can, and later, a Pepsi truck, is prominently visible.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

A despondent writer drinks from a bottle of clear alcohol. Characters smoke. The writer celebrates the near-completion of his novel by smoking a cigar.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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