Home Fries (film)

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Home Fries
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Dean Parisot
Produced by Mark Johnson
Lawrence Kasdan
Barry Levinson
Charles Newirth
Written by Vince Gilligan
Starring Drew Barrymore
Luke Wilson
Catherine O'Hara
Shelley Duvall
Jake Busey
Music by Rachel Portman
Cinematography Jerzy Zielinski
Edited by Nicholas C. Smith
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date(s)
  • November 25, 1998 (1998-11-25)
Running time 91 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $15 million[1]
Box office $10,513,979 (US)[1]

Home Fries is a 1998 film directed by Dean Parisot, starring Drew Barrymore, Luke Wilson and Jake Busey. The script was originally penned by writer Vince Gilligan for a film class at New York University. It was filmed in Lockhart, Taylor and Bastrop, Texas.[2]


The film opens at Burger-Matic, where Henry Lever (Chris Ellis) orders a milkshake at the drive-thru. At the window, he tells the attendant, Sally Jackson (Drew Barrymore), that his wife knows about their affair. Sally asks Henry if he has also told his wife about her pregnancy. On his way home, Henry encounters a ferocious wind. It turns out to be an attack helicopter, which runs him off the road. In a panic, he flees through the woods and drops his heart medication. At an outdoor chapel, he sits on a bench as the helicopter hovers in front of him. The pilot, Angus Montier (Jake Busey), shoots at the ground near Henry despite the protests of his co-pilot and brother Dorian (Luke Wilson). The shots scare Henry enough to cause a fatal heart attack.

Throughout their attack, Dorian and Angus can hear the chatter of Sally and her Burger-Matic co-workers. Likewise, the Burger-Matic employees can hear the helicopter pilots on their headsets. The next day, the police inform Beatrice Lever (Catherine O'Hara) that Henry has passed away. She appears shocked and crestfallen, when Dorian and Angus arrive. It quickly becomes clear that Beatrice encouraged her sons to scare Henry to death. She is also furious about Henry's affair, and wants revenge on his mistress. Angus and Dorian are worried that the people they heard on the radio might have overheard enough to connect them to Henry's death. They quickly deduce that the Burger-Matic is the only location close enough to have been on the same frequency. Angus goads Dorian into getting a job at the restaurant to ensure that no one is wise to their crime.

Sally is heartbroken at the news about Henry. At work, Dorian bonds with her quickly. He gives her a model helicopter for her child, and he explains that he and his brother fly them as reservists for the National Guard. Sally asks Dorian to accompany her to lamaze class, since she does not have a partner. Eventually, Dorian takes her to the base to see the helicopter that he flies. As she sits in the cockpit, Sally tells Dorian about Henry.

Knowing that his mother is still furious about Henry's affair and that Angus would hurt Sally if he knew her identity, Dorian frantically tries to keep the truth from his family. When Angus discovers Sally's identity, Beatrice visits Sally under the pretense of making amends. Dorian is terrified of what Angus might do out of a misplaced loyalty to their crazy mother. Sure enough, Angus arrives at Sally's house in the attack helicopter. Dorian, Sally, and Beatrice escape in a truck. Angus eventually forces them to stop on the road. Beatrice pretends to be unaware of what is going on and leaves the truck. Dorian gradually convinces Angus to stop his attack.

The stress of the chase triggered Sally's labor, and Dorian drives her to the hospital. After she gives birth to a boy, Dorian talks to him. He struggles to explain how they are related, and he tells him that he is lucky to have the best mother in the world.


Critical reception[edit]

Home Fries received negative reviews from critics. It currently holds a 31% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Film critic Roger Ebert gave the film a mixed review, writing, "Home Fries is not a great movie, and as much as I finally enjoyed it, I'm not sure it's worth seeing two times just to get into the rhythm. More character and less plot might have been a good idea. But the actors are tickled by their characters and have fun with them, and so I did, too."[3]


  1. ^ a b "Home Fries - Box Office Data". The Numbers. Retrieved 11 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Home Fries at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ Ebert, Roger. Chicago Sun-Times, film review, November 25, 1998. Last accessed: January 26, 2011.

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