Love Stories

Once you get past a pregnant Drew Barrymore waddling through a characterless Texas backdrop, there aren’t many laughs in the comedy Home Fries , which was shot in Austin in 1996 and opened in theaters around the country on November 25. On the fall film festival circuit, audiences groaned at the comedy about a boy (Dallas native Luke Wilson) who falls for his dead stepfather’s gal. By contrast, Rushmore, which was shot in Houston in 1997, was a hit on the festival circuit, and for good reason: It works, and it proves that fellow Texans and co-writers Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson are no flashes in the pan. While Bill Murray, Olivia Williams, and, once again, Luke Wilson lend professional charm, a newcomer is the key. Jason Schwartzman (Talia Shire’s son) stars as an underachiever with no shortage of enthusiasm for his prep school—and for a sexy first-grade teacher. He’s an intriguing young actor; you never know whether to fall for him or give him a wedgie and shove him in a locker. Rushmore opens in February.

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