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Strangers With Candy (2006)

Amy Sedaris , Dan Hedaya , Paul Dinello  |  R |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Amy Sedaris, Dan Hedaya, Ian Holm, Justin Theroux, Matthew Broderick
  • Directors: Paul Dinello
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.55:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • DVD Release Date: July 27, 2006
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HC2OBO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,816 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Strangers With Candy" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Filmmaker commentary by Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert and Paul Dinello
  • Deleted Scenes
  • "Atomic Car" Music Video
  • Trailer

Editorial Reviews

Jerri Blank (Amy Sedaris) is a forty-seven year old ex-con who decides to return to her childhood home after thirty-two years working the streets and in prison. Upon her arrival, she discovers her father is in a self-induced coma. Hoping to wake him, Jerri decides to turn her life around by picking it up exactly where she left off - as a high school freshman. But for a former boozer, user and loser, hanging with the `in-crowd is going to be harder than turning tricks!

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jerri Blank, a hilarious anti-heroine July 16, 2006
Even though I was a fan of the Comedy Central TV series that it's based on, I did not have the highest expectations for this film. Maybe thinking of the many so-so adaptations of movies based on Saturday Night Live sketches and the like, I would have been satisfied with a few laughs. Instead, I found this to be a brilliant, hilarious, almost perfect rendition of the uniquely bizarre, radically Un-PC series. Perhaps it was because they virtually transplanted the entire cast of writers and actors from the series to the big screen, nothing was lost. Amy Sedaris plays Jerri Blank, the freaky middle-aged bisexual drug addict who, just out of prison, tries to fit in at high school and at home with her equally bizarre family. Stephen Colbert and Paul Dinello reprise their roles as, respectively, the science and art teacher who are having a secret affair. This is made more amusing by the fact that Noblet (Colbert) is a fundamentalist who teaches that evolution is a fraud. At home, Jerri has a father who is in a coma (in the TV series, the father was a literal dummy; here he is played by an actor), a stepmother and stepbrother who despise her, and the stepmother's always-present "meat man" boyfriend who only wants to watch TV. The film actually has a fairly conventional plot involving a science fair competition, which reigns in the weirdness to some extent.

Strangers With Candy is not for everyone; in particular, it's not for the politically or culturally sensitive. The black principal at Jerry's high school, who has a gambling problem, is actually named Onyx Blackman; there are a constant stream of jokes at the expense of various ethnic types and homosexuals. Jerri has a confederate flag hanging in her bedroom, a detail that is not even spoken of.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars hilarious, anarchic comedy gem August 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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I never really watched the TV series, but my wife enjoyed it. I watched this movie with her and I must admit, it was hard not to laugh. The film did seem to cool down a bit in the secand half,but it was pretty funny overall.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jerri Blank November 10, 2006
By R. Hall
Out of prison & unleashed on Flatpoint once again, for the first time. A prequel to the best politically incorrect TV comedy perhaps ever (at least besides All In the Family). Laughs galore as Jerri tries to adjust to life outside the harsh penal system. It is not easy, especially for everyone inside Jerri's "chow zone". You may take a beating or perhaps loose a finger, but Jerri is loyal to her bitches. If anyone messes with her friends, she'll stick 'em with a shive in the showers. Violent slapstick, vulgar sexual content and other delights await.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Film is good, but needs more fan appeal November 24, 2006
Strangers with Candy is very funny. Many moments in the film recalled some of the highs of the series. But that may have been part of the problem. When I went to see this movie, the crowd was laughing almost non stop for the first half hour. But the laughing died down and there are probably more than a few reasons.

For one, the word "retread" comes to mind. There are a few gags which are ripped straight from the series. If one were to see these for the first time, they are hilarious. However, they merely call in a chuckle from fans who've seen the gag before. Clearly, the film strives to balance two potential audiences for the movie: those who know the material, and those who don't.

The uninitiated may be coming for Stephen Colbert, who shines onscreen delivering with the same deadpan manner that has caused his rise to fame. However, the humor is offbeat and dark, which may not exactly find a new auidence. That leaves SWC fans wanting something new and not exactly finding it. For them, a prequal may have not been the best idea.

But it's not a bad film. It just does some recycling and runs out steam in the second half. There are points in the film that are hilarious. Fans of the series will be happy to see the same likeable/unlikeable characters shine on screen with their same charm. Greg Hollimen as Principal Blackman has some "blink and you'll miss it" moments and some great lines of dialogue. The films ultimate success is on the pure deadpan delivery by many of the participants. There's also some great deleted scenes on the disc, including a very funny moment between Paul Dinello and Stephen Colbert, who are both hilarious throughout the film.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars REALLY bad someone's college project...(where they failed...
REALLY bad! I should have read the negative reviews on this one before they were spot on.

Save your money for another item on your 'wish list'.
Published 11 days ago by JBTexas
5.0 out of 5 stars If You Love Amy Sedaris, this is a MUST!
Describing the movie just can't do it justice. Read the premiss on iMdb, then just go with it. Women rarely get to enjoy womens humor and Amy delivers the crazy hilarity with face... Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. Carroll
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this movie always have always will
Perfect movie!!!!!! Buy it you'll love it!
There are good quotes , crazy scenes , the acting is perfect so enjoyable .
Published 3 months ago by Joel
5.0 out of 5 stars Good times
Thanks so much for offering this movie. I had great memories from years ago when my friends and I would watch this movie. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Michael S. Milano
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
I bought this first my husband for Xmas and he was thrilled. It's a great guy's movie with a ton of silly jokes.
Published 18 months ago by amandarose1000
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange Indeed
Hi I'm Jeri Blank. I'm a user, boozer and a looser. Love this character. She's so ugly she's cute. Funny.
Published 19 months ago by Alia
5.0 out of 5 stars Hi, I'm Jeri Blank
Loved the show and when I heard there was a movie I had to see it. These people are so disturbing you have to love it. If you're a prude, don't bother. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Alia
4.0 out of 5 stars My friend is over the moon
A friend of mine was asking if I could search for the TV series and movie and asked me to order them if I found them. He was real excited when they arrived. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Joel Nicholson
5.0 out of 5 stars Strangers With Candy - The Movie
If you love the series Strangers with Candy, this also is a MUST have . It's a great sequel to the series. 91 minutes of guaranteed laughter.
Published 22 months ago by EMcG
2.0 out of 5 stars Funny for awhile....
Thought this would be better....while it's funny for a while, the acting and movie get boring. I really did not like it. This video ended up in a garage sale the next summer.
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