Drew Barrymore and Luke Wilson are awkward romantics in the awkward Home Fries, a movie that is about as deceiving as its poster.
Drew Barrymore is Sally, a girl who was sleeping with a man named Henry. After she became pregnant, she found out he was married and dumped him. Shortly after, Henry is chased by a military helicopter and dies of a heart attack. The two "killers" are brothers, Dorian (Luke Wilson) and Angus (Jake Busey). Angus then proceeds to urge Dorian into getting a job at the Burgermart so he can find out whether Sally suspects anything, and he ends up falling in love with her.
That's not what you expected, right? Right. So when, in the first five minutes, a military chopper starts chasing this guy through the woods, I'm thinking this is the wrong movie. In essence, Home Fries is a romance comedy, but it also is a murder conspiracy romance comedy. Those usually don't work, and the results are equally mixed in Home Fries.
On one hand, Home Fries does have some funny elements. Luke Wilson and Drew Barrymore really do click. On the other hand, the comedy isn't anything new and the plot leaves little to be desired for. It isn't that appealing watching Barrymore carrying around an eight-month stomach, and Wilson struggling between protecting her and siding with his family.
All-in-all, Home Fries is a lackluster movie at best. It is pretty entertaining but at the expense of a confused plot and cheesy characters. There are so many romantic comedies out there that Home Fries really can't compete with.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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