Home Fries

1998

Home Fries (1998)

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Dean Parisot, who won a live-action short Oscar, made his feature directorial debut with this black comedy from a producer team that included Barry Levinson and Lawrence Kasdan. A philandering stepdad is the victim of vengeful Mrs. Lever (Catherine O'Hara), who sends her sons out to scare him to death. Cobra helicopter pilots Dorian (Luke Wilson) and Angus (Jake Busey) accomplish this by strafing the forest at night as the stepdad runs in terror. No one knows that pregnant Burger-Matic cashier Sally (Drew Barrymore) was the stepdad's mistress. However, since Burger-Matic and Cobra headsets share the same radio frequency, the notion surfaces that maybe Burger-Matic workers overheard something; Angus suggests that Dorian take a job at the fast-food joint in order to determine just who knows what. Once on the job, however, the situation gets twisted after Dorian falls hard for Sally. The chain-smoking Mrs. Jackson (Shelley Duvall), Sally's trailer-trash mother, turns up, as does her redneck father, Red (Lanny Flaherty). In an inside film reference, Angus mentions the classic "Lamb to the Slaughter" episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Shown at the 1998 Toronto Film Festival.

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Cast

Shelley Duvall
as Mrs. Jackson
Chris Ellis
as Henry Lever
Blue Deckert
as Sheriff
Shane Steiner
as Soldier in Jeep
Theresa Merritt
as Mrs. Vaughan
Jill Parker-Jones
as Lamaze Instructor
Morgana Shaw
as Lucy Garland
Robert Graham
as Reverend
A.G. Zeke Mills
as Tobacco Warehouse Supervisor
Jean Donatto
as Nurse No. 1
Mona Lee Fultz
as Nurse No. 2
Marco Perella
as Good Ol' Boy in Pickup
Meason Wiley
as Photo Lab Employee
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Critic Reviews for Home Fries

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (7)

Drew is cute as always and so's Wilson

Dec 12, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

A dark comedy that's artificially dark and is never very funny.

Nov 13, 2003 | Rating: 1/5

There's a good movie somewhere in here trying to escape... the audience can relate to that desire.

Mar 25, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

Drew comes through for us. Her easy charm and winning smile put us back on track, giving us something familiar and wonderful to cling to.

Mar 2, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

What's interesting is pretty much unintentional, centering in the film's performances, which are excellent indeed.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

The home fries are too salty for my taste.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Home Fries

The description of the movie on here isn't at all what I remember of it, but maybe I should see it again. I remember a romantic comedy involving a pregnant Drew Barrymore. I really liked it too, it was funny enough, and dramatic enough to make a good rom-com.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Cute.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

½

Mindless entertainment. I was impressed with Catherine O'Hara's acting -- it must be hard to be that crazy. Drew Barrymore is always cute.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

The amiably offbeat premise and the sweet, vulnerable performance of Drew Barrymore and Luke Wilson help to offset the meandering contrivances of the script and Dean Parisot's uneasy direction. Catherine O'Hara has some eerie moments as the boys' demented mother.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

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