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Home Fries

reviewed by Vivian Rose, age 14, from US

I try not to have any preconceived ideas about movies before I see them, but I really did know "Home Fries" would be a stinker before I saw it. After all, when you figure out how a movie's going to end just by watching the previews, there's obviously a problem with the scripting.

Oddly enough, I had a similar problem with Drew Barrymore's last movie, "Ever After", which was based on the Cinderella fairy tale. Everyone knows how "Cinderella" finishes, so what was the point of that? And what was the point of "Home Fries", which was even more predictable than "Ever After"?

Barrymore is Sally Jackson, a young fast food employee who is very pregnant with a much older, married man's child. His obviously demented wife (Catherine O'Hara) sends her Air Force pilot sons Angus and Dorian (Jake Busey and Luke Wilson) to give him a scare with the helicopter. They end up scaring him into a heart attack. Then, she wants them to track down the woman he was having an affair with, and murder her.

What a dysfunctional family! Dorian gets a job at the burger joint where Sally works, not knowing that she is having his dead stepfather's baby. She talks him into taking a lamaze class with her; it's obvious they're attracted to each other, yet he doesn't know she's the "other woman" that mom wants him to kill.

If, after that description, you still don't know how this movie's going to end, maybe you're dull enough that you'd enjoy "Home Fries". Otherwise, skip it.

My rating: 2 stars

Rating : PG-13 (for thematic elements and some sexual humor)

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