Strangers with Candy (2005)
USA / English
"Going to high school for the first time is always scary... Especially the second time around. "A prequel to the critically acclaimed series featuring Jerri Blank, a 46 year-old ex-junkie, ex-con who returns to high school in a bid to start her life over.
made for the fans
The show Strangers With Candy was a dark and a comical slice of
viewing, where Jerri, a 46 year old ex drug addict, released from
prison returns to high school to re start her life. Now with the show
finished, Strangers With Candy returns to Jerri's first day of school.
Her father currently in a coma, Jerri thinks if she does well at
school, joining the science project team, he will awaken from his
The movie Strangers With Candy is basically made for the fans of the
show. Writers and actors of the show; Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert and
Paul Dinello, retain the same strange and unique style of comedy that
made the show such a stand out. Jerri's constant sexual appetite, Chuck
and Geoffrey's sexual tension and commitment problems. Strangers With
Candy works as well as it does with the main cast members returning
into their roles; minus Larc Spies who played Derrick in the show,
Joseph Cross taking his place here.
There is a rocky start to the film. Jokes aren't that strong, they're
few and apart and lack the bite. Sedaris, Dinello and Colbert seemed to
cautious stretching what basically could have been a thirty minute
episode to feature length. After a few light steps, once Jerri returns
to the school setting, they settle back into their comfort zone,
letting the subversive comedy crawl out, and the randomness of the
While the original cast return and know their parts exceedingly well,
Sedaris mixes disgusting habits and empathy in Jerri. Greg Hollimon
self centered Principal Blackman and Deborah Rush disheartening Sara
Blank. Paul Dinello as Geofrrey with his child mentality, steals every
scene with Stephen Colbert as science teacher Chuck. Colbert is the
most impressive of the entire cast. But this also boast one very strong
cast of cameos; Philip Seymour Hoffman, Allison Janney, Justin Theroux,
Matthew Broderick, Ian Holm, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kristen Johnston
are amazing and take their roles head on with a serious attitude.
Philip Seymour Hoffman is nicely pathetic as member of the staff board,
and Justin Theroux eccentric shot as the driving instructor.
While Stangers With Candy is just a notch short of the show, it is
compulsive viewing for any fan.
|Nr of disks/tapes:||1|
|Storage device:||Divx 5|