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Strangers With Candy

A comedy movie directed by Paul Dinello.

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hilarious, anarchic comedy gem

  • Aug 3, 2010
"Hello, I'm Jerri Blank and - and I'm an alcoholic. I'm also addicted to amphetamines as well as main line narcotics. Some people say I have a sex addiction, but I think all those years of prostitution was just a means to feed my ravenous hunger for heroin. It's kinda like the chicken or the nugget. The point is, I'm addicted to gambling. Thank you"....

Amy Sedaris' wickedly irreverent Comedy Central TV series, STRANGERS WITH CANDY, comes to the screen with a satisfying movie spin-off that will please newcomers as well as those already well-versed in the world of Jerri Blank.

Meet Jerri Blank (Amy Sedaris). She's your typical 47-year-old former drug-addicted lesbian prostitute, who decides to turn her life around when she's released from prison. Upon arriving home to discover her beloved father in a coma--brought on by his daughter's shameful lifestyle as she's continually reminded--Jerri decides to resume her life exactly as she left it - right back in highschool. Convinced that winning the science award will awaken her father, Jerri strives to prove to the world - and herself - that even a drug-addled ex-con with lesbian tendencies can make their mark!

The original TV series, fashioned as a parody on the old-style After School specials, was a cult sensation for Comedy Central and ran for several seasons. When the time came for a movie, Sedaris and co-writers Stephen Colbert and Paul Dinello decided to go right back to the beginning of Jerri's story, so that audiences who had never seen the show could enjoy it as much as the hardcore fans. It was a smart move which paid off. STRANGERS WITH CANDY is a complete romp right from the start, capped off by Amy Sedaris' glorious creation that is Jerri Blank. Sedaris gives Jerri a soul, humanity, but also a great deal of comic irrevrence. She's a 100% fleshed out character.

Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker have clever cameo roles; Deborah Rush is Jerri's icy stepmother, and Ian Holm has a small role as the family doctor. Reprising their roles from the TV series are Stephen Colbert ("The Daily Show", "The Colbert Report") as Chuck Noblet, the God-fearing, married science teacher trying to shake off the lustful desires he harbours for art teacher Geoffrey Jellineck (Paul Dinello).

The budget-priced DVD comes stacked with extras including feature commentary with Sedaris, Colbert and Dinello, deleted scenes, theatrical trailer, and the music video for "Atomic Car".

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August 12, 2010
Yeah the show was great, and this movie was good. GREAT review, I need to watch this again.
August 05, 2010
This sounds absolutely awesome.  I've seen the trailer for this and I've been meaning to watch it, so it looks like I'll have to pick up the DVD.  Thanks for sharing!
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Strangers with Candy is a 2005 American comedy film released by THINKFilm, first screened at the Sundance Film Festival. It follows the TV series Strangers with Candy. Among the executive producers was David Letterman.

Comedy Central's creatively crass "after-school special,"Strangers with Candy, takes a well-deserved curtain call with this feature film version of theseries. Canceled (some fans felt prematurely) after only three seasons, eachSWCepisode told the story of Jerri Blank (Amy Sedaris), the 46-year-old former "boozer, user, and loser" who goes back to high school to pick up "exactly where (she) left off."

The principal audience for this film will be folks who already know the show and need a Candy fix, and they'll be relieved to find that most of the original cast has returned. Co-creators Stephen Colbert and Paul Dinello are there (Dinello also directed the movie), and other favorites include Greg Hollimon as Principal Onyx Blackman; Maria Thayer as Jerri's best girlfriend, Tammi Littlenut; Deborah Rush as Jerri's wicked stepmother; and David Pasquesi as her stepmother's lover, Stew. (A few key supporting characters, including Jerri's ethnic friend Orlando, and her half-brother Derrick, have been recast.) The smaller parts are filled out by the biggest stars, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, and Philip Seymour Hoffman; Broderick deserves two thumbs up for his turn as the superstar science ...

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Director: Paul Dinello
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: June 28, 2005
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: November 14, 2006
Runtime: 97 minutes
Studio: Velocity / Thinkfilm
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