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STRANGERS WITH CANDY movie gets a look from a fan! What'd they think...'

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with another look at the STRANGERS WITH CANDY. It seems this flick is getting fairly lukewarm reviews... out of Sundance we didn't get many reviews and the few we got were disappointed. This review is slightly more positive, but it seems the film is still rough around the edges. Who knows? Maybe the filmmakers will get one more shot at trimming the film to perfection?

Hey Harry,

I had the fortune of seeing the work print screener for the Strangers With Candy movie last night at the Arclight in Los Angeles.  Let me start off by saying that I'm a huge SWC fan, from the premiere episode on Comedy Central in April 1999 to it's sad end in October 2000.  SWC was the best show on television for three seasons, and no I'm not a studio plant, as the talk backer's would probably suggest.  Also, I hate spoilers, so this is a spoiler free review.

For those who don't know the show, Jerri Blank is a 46 year-old high school high school freshman.  She ran away from home 32 years ago, was a "boozer, a user, and a loser."  Now's she's back in school (Flatpoint High), living at home, and making the wrong decisions the right way.  The show starred Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert and Paul Dinello (also directed the movie).

The SWC movie is the prequel to the show and there are some positive changes from the show such as we finally get to see Jerri Blank interacting in prison in the opening scene, and fans are also are treated to Jerri meeting her step-mom (Sara Blank) and her step-fag (Derrick Blank).   That's the good stuff, however a lot of the actors from the show are replaced.  Jerri's father (Roberto Gari) is re-placed with Dan Hedaya (Terrific in Blood Simple) and her step-brother is replaced with Joseph Cross (not familiar with his other work), Orlando isn't even in the movie.

Since the show ended nearly five years ago and everyone is older I shouldn't be bitching, but fuck why replace Derrick (Larc Spies)?  At least the original Stew the meat man and Tammy Littlenut are present.  Also the movie crams in wat too many star cameos, like Sarah Jessica Parker, for no reason.  I mean Sarah Jessica, Jesus, she's actually uglier than Jerri Blank. 

Basically, the movie centers around Jerri attempting the show her father (he's been in a coma for 32 years) that she's still his "little girl" and can make the honor role, that may spark him out of the coma.  Jerri and her  "new best friends" from science class enter the Science Fair Project.  This ties into Onyx Blackman (the principle) needing a student to display decent grades in order to save Flatpoint High. Chuck Noblet (Colbert) and Geoffrey Jellineck (Dinello) must learn to work apart after a hilarious breakup.  I said it would be spoiler free. 

The pacing of the film was a tad slow and I feel that Paul Dinello wasn't the best choice to direct the movie.  Yeah, he helped create the show, but a lot of the shots he chose were distracting, also the middle was rather flat and the end missed out on some big laughs.  Hopefully the film can be trimmed and decent music could be put in.  Overall, the movie was good, had some killer moments like the dinner table scene, but no where near as great as the show and I'm a SWC fanboy.

If you use this, please call me Boner #5.

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  • March 5, 2005, 4:10 a.m. CST

    First Again

    by DarkStarEX

    Amy Sedaris is actually pretty hot without all the makeup.

  • March 5, 2005, 4:15 a.m. CST

    high five to the guy that was first

    by MiltonWaddams

    applauds all around. steven colbert can do no wrong, at least with this sort of material, but i don't think the swc formula even hinted at being a decent movie. this is going to be a huge flop along the lines of run ronny run.

  • March 5, 2005, 4:20 a.m. CST

    Hilarious... Mostly

    by pomattovich

    I'm a huge fan of the show and I saw the film at Sundance. While it is difficult to stretch the laughs of the 23 minute show to 90 minutes, they are able to stretch them to a solid, collected 60 minutes at least. That's pretty damn good. Fans of the show should love it. I know I did.

  • March 5, 2005, 5:05 a.m. CST

    I'm gonna see it simply because the show was so great.

    by cornstalkwalker

    and any of you haters and fuck off.

  • March 5, 2005, 6:29 a.m. CST

    "You want me to SPY on her?"

    by DocPazuzu

    "We don't like to think of it as spying. We prefer to think of it as betraying the retarded." ....... Hilarious show. Looking forward to the film.

  • March 5, 2005, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Parker's repaying the favor

    by Christopher3

    Sedaris was on a couple of episodes of the fantastical abomination that was "Sex and the City".

  • March 5, 2005, 8:42 p.m. CST


    by smutpeddlar

    just got the how about a exit 57 movie...if you know what i am talking about...your cool

  • March 6, 2005, 7:17 a.m. CST

    Hey Damn...

    by Wild At Heart

    Dignity is so overrated. Wallow in the majesty of brilliantly conceived and executed prurience. Amy Sedaris is a funny, twisted lady and the rest of the gang aren't too shabby either. Seriously if you don't like this show you are a bona fide tightass.

  • March 7, 2005, 12:23 p.m. CST

    The faint odor of disappointment

    by ron2112

    Yeah, I'm another huge SWC fanboy, and I will go see the movie (assuming it gets a screening within 50 miles of me, not a certainty by a long shot), and I will buy the DVD, but I'm definitely in agreement that this is sounding like another Run Ronnie Run. That said, I liked RRR for what it was, and expect I'll do the same with this. I think the bottom line is that this film is simply unnecessary. Especially given the compromises that had to be made in casting... it would have been better to put together a reunion special or something like that. Anyway, a SWC movie that doesn't quite live up to its possibilities is better than no new SWC at all, I suppose.

  • March 9, 2005, 8:36 a.m. CST

    Strangers With Candy....

    by Drunken Rage

    is perhaps the funniest American show of the last 20 years. So damn relentlessy mean-spirited!