• Publication date: May 11, 2009

Her Lover�s Assassin Becomes Her Lover How Murder and Infidelity Spawn Infatuation

Filmmaker Dean Parisot makes his directorial debut with �Home Fries� (1998), a dark comedy/romance featuring Drew Barrymore (�E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial;� �Fever Pitch�) and Luke Wilson (�Legally Blonde;� �Old School�).

Filmmaker Dean Parisot makes his directorial debut with �Home Fries� (1998), a dark comedy/romance featuring Drew Barrymore (�E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial;� �Fever Pitch�) and Luke Wilson (�Legally Blonde;� �Old School�). The story, authored by former �X-Files� writer Vince Gilligan is of a cheating husband who earns his wife�s ultimate wrath. When housewife Beatrice Lever (Catherine O'Hara) discovers her husband�s extramarital affairs, she orders her two blindly obedient sons to take action.

Sally Jackson (Drew Barrymore) works at Burger-Matic, a small town fast food joint. For the past few months she has been seeing Henry Lever (Chris Ellis), a married man who eventually impregnates Sally. When Henry finally reveals his affair to Beatrice she pretends to accept the confession at face value.

However things are not what they seem. Henry�s stepsons, Dorian (Luke Wilson) and Angus (Jake Busey) are sheepishly commanded by their mother to seek revenge for Henry�s infidelity. Dorian and Angus, two Cobra helicopter pilots chase Henry throughout the small town and induce a heart attack upon him. While Beatrice is elated with her sons� work, Sally is more ambivalent; it�s true that Henry was not the greatest man, but he was the baby�s only father.

Paranoia overcomes mother Beatrice and her sons when the crew overhears transmissions from Burger-Matic�s drive-thru headset on their helicopters� radios. Since they are able to hear orders from the drive-thru it means that both radios were operating on the same frequency at the time of Henry�s murder. The deeper implication is that Sally or another Burger-Matic worker may have overheard the boys� indirect murder of their stepfather. In order to determine who, if anyone, heard the transmissions Beatrice suggests that Dorian apply for work at the restaurant.

Dorian begins his job soon thereafter intending, if necessary, to dispose of any undesired witnesses. With time, Dorian realizes that no one in the restaurant overheard their communications and begins to fall for Sally�s charm and beauty. Sally responds to Dorian�s interests, but she has no idea that he is Henry�s stepson. Despite mother Beatrice�s objections, Dorian continues to see the young home wrecker. Yet can this strange, cross-generational relationship overcome Dorian�s shady past and his overbearing mother�s demands?

�Home Fries� is rated PG-13 for thematic elements and some sexual humor. Its runtime is 91 minutes.