Home Fries (1998)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Comedy, Black Comedy  |   Release Date - Nov 25, 1998 (USA)  |   Run Time - 93 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - PG13
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Dean Parisot's Home Fries captures all the quirkiness of Vince Gilligan's darkly comic screenplay while smartly letting the actors charm the audience. Drew Barrymore and Luke Wilson (who ended up dating during and after the making of the film) play characters whose actions should make them less than palatable to the audience, but their warmth and essential goodness win out. The director and the actors like these characters, and that gives the audience the opportunity to root for them while also ruefully accepting their less ingratiating aspects. Though the comedy may occasionally become too broad, the lead performers keep everything in check. Jake Busey, Catherine O'Hara, and Shelley Duvall all provide solid support for Barrymore and Wilson who, along with the filmmakers, manage to fashion a romantic comedy populated with characters who are both original and endearing. Home Fries is certainly slight, but its novelty keeps it interesting.