Home Fries


Home Fries

Critics Consensus

Screenwriter Vince Gilligan's mordant sense of humor strikes a discordant note in Home Fries, a romantic caper full of empty calories.



Total Count: 36


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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.


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

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Audience Reviews for Home Fries

  • Sep 06, 2010
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Oct 22, 2009
    I actually liked this movie
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 05, 2009
    I've always disliked Shelly Duvall. I think Kubrick worked her over so effectively for her pathetic, tightly wound role in The Shining, that I can't see her without identifying her with that character.
    Audrey L Super Reviewer
  • Aug 23, 2008
    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 L Super Reviewer

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