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Strangers with Candy (2005)
Comedy
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.
Amy Sedaris Jerri Blank
Paul Sedaris Bus Driver
Chandra Wilson Inmate
Kristy Thomas Inmate
Dee Finley Inmate (as Dee Finely)
Deborah Rush Sara Blank
Ian Holm Dr. Putney
Dan Hedaya Guy Blank
Joseph Cross Derrick Blank
Elisabeth Harnois Monica
Alexis Dziena Melissa
Ivette Diaz Dumeng Melanie
Carlo Alban Megawatti
Greg Hollimon Principal Blackman (as Gregory Holliman)
Hechter Ubarry Nico
Director: Paul Dinello
Producer: Lorena David,Mark A. Roberts,Valerie Schaer Nathanson
Writer: Stephen Colbert,Paul Dinello
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 slumber.

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 show.

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.

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Seen it:Nej
Nr of disks/tapes:1
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Movie
Imdb rating: 6.0
Musician: Marcelo Zarvos
Running time: 97 min
Technical
Subtitles: Svenska
Audio tracks: Stereo [English]
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Last modified: 2007-07-18 22:31:3