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Overall Rating
2.89

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Worth A Look: 29.55%
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Pretty Crappy36.36%
Sucks: 2.27%

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Home Fries
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by Ophelia13

"May I just say...'What?'"
3 stars

The basic plot for Home Fries is, and I am not exaggerating in the least, confusing. Now, I got it first time through and all, but that doesn't mean that I didn't shake my head in bafflement every few minutes. And that doesn't mean you won't, either.

Drew Barrymore is Sally, a rather knocked up fast food clerk working at "the Burger-Matic" in a small town. The father of her baby, Henry Lever (played quite briefly by Chris Ellis), is killed by his two stepsons for their mother, his wife (played by Catherine O'Hara), because of his affair. The boys, Dorian and Angus, commit the deed from a helicopter using the same frequency as Burger-Matic's headphones. Their conversation about the murder is overheard by Sally and Roy (Daryl Mitchell), one of her coworkers. Angus is a paranoid sucker, so he sends Dorian in undercover to see if the unwitting eavesdroppers have figured it out. Dorian of course begins to fall for Sally (as is customary for the lead in a romantic comedy to do), and the high jinks begin.

I don't know, but somehow this little movie seemed a bit over the top, in its performances, its cinematography, its scripting, and especially in its goals. Vince Gilligan (of The X-Files) writes a moderately clever script, but seems to leave plausibility behind in his attempt for uniqueness. A few lines struck me as being particularly amusing, such as "Do you want to ruin this for her?" angrily said by Angus to Dorian at their stepfather's funeral, but overall the movie's wit is overshadowed by its lack of credibility. It is sincere though, and every little quirk just begs to be accepted by the audience.

Although I may not have bought into the plot, I wasn't too disappointed in the performances. Overdone they may have been, but amiably fits into the description as well. Luke Wilson (Dorian) and Jake Busey (Angus) struck me particularly well, and Drew Barrymore was exactly like Drew Barrymore has been in her last few movies - predictable, but not bad.

Not bad at all.

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originally posted: 12/14/99 02:50:33
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User Comments

3/27/05 Emma A lame film, that was too boring to sit through. 1 stars
4/03/02 Norma Lehigh Tust Coo Jampy! Mew Drarymore's murst woovie (that's laying a sot!) 2 stars
10/07/01 Andrew Carden It Was Pretty Funny, Drew Was Sweet. 4 stars
7/21/01 gus quite good - not great tho 4 stars
2/05/00 Kyle Broflovski The Lamase scene was endearing, but otherwise a serious letdown. 2 stars
9/16/99 strike does not have the courage to stay true to it's darker sensibilities. Dissapointing! 2 stars
7/22/99 Ken Warner Brothers sold this thing all wrong. People went in expecting something else. 4 stars
1/16/99 Redial Better then i thought, but still no Happy Gilmore or whatever. 3 stars
12/06/98 Mr Showbiz A mostly lame attempt to ape the Coen brothers. 3 stars
12/03/98 Jeff Drew as a redhead, oh boy. Oh, that was the most interesting thing in the movie. SUCKED 2 stars
11/30/98 Kirgo Odd, but enjoyable. Wilson , Barrymore and O'Hara were good. 4 stars
11/30/98 Evil Buffy cute and chick flick-y, but weird too so i loved it. cute story. worth a look 4 stars
11/23/98 Lindsay The films was cute...a little weird, but cute. Luke Wilson was good, so was Drew Barrymore. 4 stars
9/29/98 brian Cute! Wait for video! 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  25-Nov-1998 (PG-13)
  DVD: 01-Jun-2004

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Directed by
  Dean Parisot

Written by
  Vince Gilligan

Cast
  Drew Barrymore
  Jake Busey
  Luke Wilson
  Catherine O'Hara
  Zachary Moore
  Morgana Shaw



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