Die Mommie Die


Middle 40-60% of all time (see others with this rank)

Festival Year

2003 (click here to see all competition films from this year)


Dramatic Competition


Charles Busch, Frances Conroy, Philip Baker Hall, Natasha Lyonne, Jason Priestly, Stark Sands

Non-Cast Credits

Mark Rucker, Dante Di Loreto, Anthony Edwards, Bill Kenwright, Lonny Dubrofksy, Frank Pavich, Jeff Greenberg, Charles Busch, Kelly Evans, Philip Harrison, Joseph B. Tintfass


When the curtain rises on Angela Arden -- ex-pop singer, mother, lover, and an amalgamation of every screen diva from 1940 to 1968 -- she is trapped in a hateful marriage with the movie producer Sol Sussman. her affair with out-of-work TV actor Tony Parker comes to a grinding half when Sol returns from Europe earlier than expected. And when Daddy Sol suddenly dies (some confusion with a poisoned suppository), everyone gets into the act, and almost everyone gets a piece of Tony, including Angela's Electraesque daughter and twisted son.

This retro hybrid is the perfect vehicle for the hypertlaneted Charles Busch. The theatre veteran transcends drag with his portrayal of Anegla, filling the screen in Technicolor costumes, pursuing his signature pouty lips, and engaging in tart repartee. Flanked by an all-star cast Busch seems perfectly at home in Hollywood.

Director Mark Rucker guides the production with style and flair, borrowing willy nilly form cinematic traditions. The outcome is always hilarious, allowing the intrigue and sexual innuendo to hang in the air like expensive perfume. Yet he also allows his star to do what he does best: Busch never skips a beat or misses a chance to lift an eyebrow or turn a phrase.


John Cooper (see other films reviewed by the same reviewer)

Film Takes Pace.