|Leonard Maltin/Plot synopsis:
Black comedy spin-off of Hitchcock's STRANGERS ON A TRAIN, with DeVito (in an excellent performance) as a childish man who tries to persuade his writing professor (Crystal) to ``exchange murders'' with him so he can bump off his harridan of a mother (Ramsey, who's incredible). Uneven, to be sure, and not as all-out funny as you might expect from the starring duo. Director DeVito has many offbeat ideas, and cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld (who did those wild gags in RAISING ARIZONA) leaves a distinctive stamp on this film--particularly the runaway car sequence. Written by Stu Silver.