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Kids in the Hall - Brain Candy (1996)

Kevin McDonald , Dave Foley  |  R |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kevin McDonald, Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Mark McKinney, Scott Thompson
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: July 16, 2002
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CXAV
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,252 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Kids in the Hall - Brain Candy" on IMDb

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Moviegoers never caught on to its brilliance, but Brain Candy is a smart, outrageously inventive vehicle for Canada's most irreverent comedy troupe. The subtly subversive plot is about society's ongoing search for the perfect "happy drug," and the Kids inhabit a multitude of costumes and characters as they celebrate--and lament--the invention of "Gleemonex," the ultimate antidepressant, which locks users into their happiest memories... and subsequently renders them comatose. No worries for the Roritor Chemical Company; they don't care much about side effects! With rampant riffs on heavy-metal doomsayers, closeted gay husbands (resulting in Scott Thompson's hilarious coming-out musical), blissed-out grandmothers, and all varieties of corporate greed-mongers, Brain Candy is almost too hip for its own good, combining Pythonesque ingenuity with cutting social satire. As a comedic experiment it's hit-and-miss, but with the cross-dressing Kids running the show, it's likely to leave you laughing out loud. --Jeff Shannon

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Monty Python on xanex August 5, 2002
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Dear readers, if you have never seen the Kids In The Hall series, you will not understand the nuances and brilliance of Brain Candy. If you have, you will feel like you have discovered the Holy Grail.
Synopsis: researchers discover a pill to make everybody happy, and suffer the consequences. The great part, the Kids play all the parts, and there are little skits within the big picture.
If you are expecting slapstick, forget it, this is sophisticated humor. The absurd rules. THIS is what the Kids are best at, and this is the best I have seen. From Canadian police trampled by people fleeing a public rest room, to catatonic test subjects, this film rocks. Kudos to Dave Foley, who made it big with NewsRadio (man do I hope they release that series on DVD). He plays the stright man the whole way through, and actually gets the meatiest parts. The rest wear dresses, but look pretty good....
If you are a Welcome to Woop Woop fan, or a Monty Python fan, if you can find this movie, BUY IT!! This is a watch and watch again movie.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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Like many of the past reviews have said, it takes a certain mindset to enjoy this movie, but once you do get into it, you'll realize that it is one of the most well-written movies released in a very long time. Even though some Kids in the Hall fans were unimpressed with this movie, to really examine it and look at the making of this movie, you can't deny that these guys have serious talent! To play over 40 different characters, and do it well, and write it to where one character played by someone doesn't interact with another character played by the same person took a lot of hard work and creativity. What I like most about this movie are the little things within it that you wouldn't pick up the first couple times. I've seen it at least 30 times ande every time, I pick up something new I never noticed before. The scuba diver, the posters in the background, certain connections that are spanned apart from each other, etc. The way they portray certain characters, like the CEO and his team members, are so realistic that you have to laugh at it even more because you know there's people just like that. They make fun of the culture by playing it realistic. In summary, it is a movie to be watched many times on end. It is a very dialogue and character based movie ("I'm your nightmare, Mister!", "You're not getting dollar one, you ugly man!")...okay you just have to see the movie. But the more you are interested in psychology, the more you will enjoy this movie.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great movie. July 2, 2004
To quote a New York Times reviewer:
"I was privy to an early test screening of this, and it was weirder and better than the final product. Even the final, watered-down version beats the hell out of most safe so-called comedies, though."
I had a friend that also got to see the "original ending" which he claims was among the funniest things he had ever seen in his life. I personally thought the movie was great, and have enjoyed it a couple of times on DVD. I really think though that the DVD could have benefited from having the alternate ending and aditional footage added back in.
As I understand it though, Paramount executives don't care about anything but patting each other on the back while their studio slips into oblivion. They released the DVD of Clue with a mono soundtrack. Look at how Paramount destroyed their most profitable cash cow "Star Trek." So the chances of us getting to see that alternate ending of Brain Candy is darn near slim to none. It really is unfortunate... it sounds fantastic.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's your happiest memory January 11, 2000
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If you see one film this year make sure you want to see that film, and if you don't than this could also be a good choice. With more tag lines than austin powers it's a tragidy that more people have not seen this movie. It's one of those lost film jewels for me, which I have watched repeatedly ever time a friend comes over and wishes to be exposed to it's tender human conflicts and red socks.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By LMarie
This is one of my favorite all-time comedies.

If you've had a chance to see the skit comedy of "Kids in The Hall" (and it's nothing like Dave Foley's "News Radio"), this movie is above & beyond what they were able to do with the show.

If you haven't seen "Kids in The Hall", take a look for old rerun episodes on Comedy Central. It is similar to SCTV - oddball skit tv by some wildly funny Canadians. I actually find "Kids" to be funnier than Monty Python.

This movie has a plot, silly characters, and a relatively satisfying ending. It contains a few funny musical numbers, too.

The movie rarely appears on TV or cable. If you like offbeat humor, this is a movie you may enjoy seeing over & over again. This is likely a movie that you'll have strong feelings about - either you think it's terrifically silly fun, or just plain stupid. If you like goofy humor, check it out. It is much less expensive than the KITH DVDs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Despite a critical lashing from critics everywhere, the Kids In The Hall still contain their randomized form of humor. The plot follows a wonder drug created by a reluctant scientist and his team. As a result of a seriously greedy corporation and it's CEO, the wonder drug is Gloominex, a drug that cures depression and will make you happy. It becomes a national phenomenon instantly changing lives for the better...or so they think? A backfire ensues with the drug affecting people mentally and the scientist in jeopardy. Definitely for the Kids In The Hall fan and the group plays over 30 characters. Particularly amusing sequences include Scott Thompson as a closeted husband in a dance number and Thompson as the old lady, Bruce McCulloch as a depressed rock singer and eye patch bearing hotshot, Kevin McDonald as the scientist. Film has all the qualities of the TV show with the random funny humor and the cast members as their various characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This movie is soooo well done
Published 1 month ago by SirBlabAlot
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Skit Comedy LP
Fantastic smack in the face to big pharm...I am on the drug?
Published 1 month ago by fermented42eh
5.0 out of 5 stars Kids kids kids!! He's gay!!
Oh my god if you don't know now you know why a trillion people don't know about this movie they are crazy

I've loved it since the beginning
Published 2 months ago by aaron smart
5.0 out of 5 stars This is my favorite movie of all time
This is my favorite movie of all time! It will work muscles you never new you had! Big muscles! Hard muscles!
Published 3 months ago by Brian K.
5.0 out of 5 stars happiness pie….
this is hands down one of my top 10 fav movies of all time! if you are a fan of the kids in the hall sketch comedy series then you need to see this movie! Read more
Published 9 months ago by mrs.pennyapple
5.0 out of 5 stars Love KITH, love this movie.
Seriously, $20 for a DVD? And no Blu-ray? Weird.

I know this movie was a box-office flop, and I can see how it would be hard to get for someone who wasn't a hard-core... Read more
Published 12 months ago by S. Kosloske
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and Awesome!
This is one of the best comedies of all time. If you like Kids in the Hall, you will love this. The humor is smart and holds up over the years. Read more
Published 13 months ago by TheBizness
5.0 out of 5 stars Hahaha
Funny, hard to ind and a good deal at $18 for a used copy in good shape. KITH are always worth a laugh and while this movie might not be great, it is better than about every... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Kristin J Alkire
5.0 out of 5 stars I was alone in the theater on opening weekend.
This movie is pure genius and I am happy to finally have a copy on DVD. If you know anything about it you really should consider picking one up.
Published 21 months ago by the notorious e
5.0 out of 5 stars WAAAY BETTER THAN SNL
Remember the big criticism of movies based on an SNL skit was that the movie was a two hour version of that skit and went no where? Read more
Published on November 7, 2009 by B. C. Whitcomb
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