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Director:
Dean Parisot
Released:
1998
Rating:
PG-13

Home Fries is a 1998 black comedy directed by Vince Gilligan. When Beatrice Lever (Catherine O'Hara) learns that her husband Henry (Chris Ellis) is having an affair, she recruits the help of her adult sons, Angus (Jake Busey) and Dorian (Luke Wilson), so that she can get revenge. Although Angus and Dorian, who are military pilots, are just supposed to scare their stepfather by chasing him with a helicopter, the plan goes awry when terrified Henry has a stroke and dies. The men soon learn that they were using the same radio frequency during the attack as the drive-through headsets at the Burger-Matic. Going undercover as an employee, Dorian infiltrates the restaurant to find out if any of the workers there know about the murder. While he is there, Dorian unexpectedly finds himself falling in love with fellow employee Sally Jackson (Drew Barrymore), who is almost nine months pregnant. After Dorian discovers that Sally was his stepfather's mistress, he must try to protect the woman he loves from the murderous intentions of Beatrice and Angus.

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Metacritic Score

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It has elements of sweet romance and elements of macabre humor, and divides its characters between the two.

  • 50

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    This absurdist satire of sex, sibling rivalry, Oedipal ties, homicidal fantasies and fast food in the American heartland at least has the right attitude. It just isn't funny enough...

  • 30

    Variety

    While plot elements don't add up, film's energy level remains high, and oddball ensemble brings to mind a classic of this type, Jonathan Demme's "Citizens Band."

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    Comedy, Drama

    Themes

    Love & Romance, Romantic Comedy, Dark Comedy