Home Fries (1998)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Romance, Drama  |  25 November 1998 (USA)
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Pregnant Sally unknowingly falls for the stepson of the deceased father of her baby and has to deal with his homicidal family.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mrs. Jackson
Lanny Flaherty ...
Red Jackson
Henry Lever
Mark Walters ...
Soldier in Jeep (as Tommy Shane Steiner)
Mrs. Vaughan
Jill Parker-Jones ...
Lamaze Instructor
Lucy Garland


Hamburger joint waitress Sally Jackson is pregnant. When Beatrice, the wife of the father, finds out about his infidelity, she sends her sons from a previous marriage, military pilots Angus and Dorian Montier, to scare the living daylights out of him. Their gunship does such a good job, without hitting him, that he dies from a heart attack. Worrying about radio interference that night, they investigate who might have heard too much within the fairly empty reception perimeter, and soon discover only Sally could, still ignorant about her affair with his step-dad Henry. Dorian takes a job there to be sure, but soon falls for her himself, while mother-obsessed moron Angus would do anything to anyone for her honor... Written by KGF Vissers

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Comedy | Romance | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and some sexual humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 November 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Relações Perversas  »

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,784,023 (USA) (27 November 1998)


$10,443,316 (USA) (22 January 1999)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Vince Gilligan originally wrote the screenplay for this film in 1989, for a screen-writing class he was taking at New York University. See more »


When Angus and Dorian are lying in their bunk beds talking, Dorian alternately has a toy helicopter or a beer in his hand between shots. See more »


Sally: I've always dreamed of being a big hit singer.
Dorian: Oh, can you sing?
Sally: No, that's why they call them dreams.
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Referenced in Moviemaking in Virginia: Take 3 (2008) See more »


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Written by Reverend Horton Heat (as James C. Heath)
Performed by The Reverend Horton Heat
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What does it want to be--black comedy or romantic comedy?
5 January 2000 | by (Marietta, GA, USA) – See all my reviews

This looks like a case of a classic schizophrenic Hollywood movie--too dark-humored for fans of romantic comedy, not nearly outrageous enough for those looking for that quality. (You may get a little nervous, though, when a shotgun-wielding character walks into a fast-food restaurant full of kids.) Consequently it will end up alienating a lot of viewers looking for the one type of film or the other. Most of the characters aren't very enjoyable to watch, with the noted exception of Drew Barrymore in the lead. I was disappointed that Catherine O'Hara's part wasn't any better--she could have really livened the movie up if her character had been a little more forceful.

Despite all the problems, there was still something left to like here, and I would give it a positive recommendation, but just barely. On second thought, recommending this movie to someone would be a risky proposition, but I thought that overall it was marginally successful.

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