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At Theaters: 11/25/1998 On Video: 3/30/1999
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 32 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 119813
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
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A woman becomes a widow when her twisted attempts to discover the identity of her husband's mistress involves her sons from a previous marriage. Their tactics push him into an early death leaving his mistress carrying his child.

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Romantic Comedy - This quirky black comedy will only appeal to Drew Barrymore devotees. Those expecting romantic comedy, which is what this film is being sold as, will be disappointing.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Drew Barrymore (Ever Afer: A Cinderella Story)
Catherine O'Hara (Waiting For Guffman)
Luke Wilson (Scream 2)
Jake Busey (Starship Trooper)
Shelley Duvall (The Portrait of a Lady)
Director: Dean Parisot (TV's "ER")
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PROFANITY: Occasional use of mild profanity.
SEX/NUDITY: None
VIOLENCE: Some mild roughhousing and hits; no blood.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some cigarette smoking and beer drinking.
ACTION: Some elaborate chase scenes.
COMEDY: Numerous attempts at humor.
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Being fairly tired of the assembly-line product foisted upon us by the Hollywood studios, I'm generally all in support of something offbeat. But I cannot help but feel that the quirky dark comedy Home Fries would have been better if it were more conventional. Ironically, despite all the eccentricity being bandied about, it is the film's most conventional aspect--the romance--that remotely holds any interest. Everything else, as offbeat as it is, is simply a bore.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 77 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M/F)
29
About 50/50
79%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
5
Fairly High
60%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
10
Fairly Low
70%
30+Adults (M)
9
About 50/50
78%
30+Adults (F)
24
Low
58%
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Henry Lever is dead-that much is certain. Sitting bolt upright in the middle of a field. Dead.

The cause of death is a little unclear. It could have been his pre-existing heart condition. Or his penchant for vanilla milkshakes from the local Burger-Matic. Or it could have been the A.H.- 1 Cobra Attack Helicopter that chased him off the road, forced him to jump out of his station wagon and run, literally, for his life, dodging the bullets that peppered his path. Or maybe it was a combination of all three.

Sally Jackson (Drew Barrymore), the woman carrying Henry's child, is now relegated to working at the drive-through window of the Burger-Matic so the customers won't see her condition. Even in this small town, Sally didn't find out that Henry was married until after, things had gotten complicated. Then, even though she ended the relationship, it was too late to make things right.

Complicated is certainly one way to describe the family Henry Lever left behind. His Machiavellian widow's (CATHERINE O'HARA) twisted attempts to discover the identity of Henry's mistress have involved her sons from a previous marriage, Dorian (LUKE WILSON) and Angus (JAKE BUSEY), both Army National Guardsmen and Cobra helicopter pilots. Their little scheme to scare Henry back into fidelity was for their mother's sake-too bad Henry's heart was weaker than they thought. And too bad for them that there was someone on the helicopter's radio frequency the night of the accident. Their only clue is the radio headset worn by that pretty girl at the drive-through window of the Burger-Matic.

But Sally doesn't really know anything, other than the fact that her headset sometimes picks up truckers and radio stations. Even so, Angus decides it would be best to eliminate her, for his mother's sake -- just to be safe. But the closer Dorian gets to Sally, the more he decides that he doesn't really want to kill her.. .actually, he'd rather marry her.

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