Monday, June 18, 2012

Home Fries (1998)

Synopsis: Cute-as-a-button starlet makes a questionable career choice.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Dorian Lever wants to romance unwed mother-to-be Sally Jackson. His brother Angus wants to kill her. So... you want fries with that?”

What Did I Learn?: It’s always a good idea to check with Mom before you decide to kill somebody.

You Might Like This Movie If: You often judge a film by its title.

Really?: 1) Does the US National Guard really possess helicopter gunships in its arsenal, and are Guard pilots really allowed to take them out on joyrides? 2) So wait – Sally (Drew Barrymore) not only had an affair with Henry Lever, but she also heard his murder take place on her drive-thru headset? That’s a coinky-dink.

Rating: Home Fries is a very strange hybrid: part screwball rom-com, part morbidly black comedy with a bit of slapstick thrown in for good measure. The script is quite dumb, but I’ll barely recommend this film because it has a goofy charm and the actors (especially Catherine O’Hara) do their best to make it work. 5.5/10 stars.

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