Tuesday, June 01, 2010

French Fry Diary 115: Home Fries, The Movie

Home Fries ~ Nope, not what the title implies at all. Despite what might have been hoped for, this flick has little to do with the favorite fried food.

This quirky dark comedy has all the writing and the intentions of a Coen brothers film yet none of the performances. The eclectic cast, headlined by Drew Barrymore and Luke Wilson, and filled out by Catherine O’Hara, Jake Busey and Shelley Duvall, among others, is adequate but little else.

Dysfunctional family plus infidelity plus pregnancy equals attempted hilarity, it seems. Add in some high tech helicopters, some rednecks, cheap headsets and a burger joint, and you have Home Fries.

These are actually one or two shots of home fries, so it wasn’t quite false advertising, I guess. And I wonder what kind of fries the fictional Burger-Matic actually has... we never see them...

More conventional movie reviews can be found over at my pop culture blog, Welcome to Hell, feel free to check it out.

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