Don't be fooled by the ads, the marketing and whatnot. Home Fries is NOT a "chick" film, though the main focus here is Drew Barrymore.And though her main squeeze (as of this reviewing anyway), Luke Wilson, co-stars in this film, don't expect any steamy love scenes between the two of them.
What Home Fries amounts to is basically a charming, off-kilter comedy about a dysfunctional family gone horribly (and hilariously) astray. Angus (Jake Busey) and Dorian (Wilson) are two brothers serving in the National Guard. Their mother (Catherine O'Hara), after discovering that her husband was porking someone on the side, devises a prank for Angus and Dorian to play on their father: Get a military helicopter to chase him down in his station wagon in the dead of night. Well, it worked too well... the guy died of a heart condition.
And their plan gained some eavesdroppers... the workers at the nearby Burger-Matic with their wireless headsets. And it also turns out that one of them, Sally (Barrymore), is pregnant with their father's child. While on a "covert operation" - a part-time shift at the burger joint - to gather information about how much the Burger-Matic workers knew about the nighttime incident, Dorian falls in love with Sally.
But their romance is not the only main focus: the other major plot line here is Dorian trying to protect Sally from getting offed by Angus. See, Angus is basically a fry shy of a Happy Meal. For those of you familiar with the "Police Academy" series, this guy suffers from what I call the "Tackleberry Syndrome" - taking his military job too seriously. He becomes obsessed with finding - and killing off - his father's mistress by any means necessary... even if it means taking the company helicopter to her home.Like I said, there's more to this film than what you think it is. And it's a pretty twisted yet enjoyable piece.