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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!

Special Features

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

Product Details

  • 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
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • DVD Release Date: July 27, 2006
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HC2OBO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,930 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Strangers With Candy" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars

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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Lleu Christopher on 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 By ! MR. KNOW IT ALL ;-b VINE VOICE on May 5, 2007
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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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Byron Kolln HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 3, 2010
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"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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Daryl B on July 19, 2006
Some of us just have an addiction to candy....."Strangers With Candy", that is! And for those die-hard fans of Comedy Central's wickedly funny, politically incorrect homage to those after school specials we grew up with, the movie is a nice little gift from the warped minds of creators Paul Dinello, Stephen Colbert and Amy Sedaris.

With the movie, we are given a prequel of the television series, showing us Jerri's arrival at home after a long stay in prison and a life of drug abuse, prostitution and God knows what else! As Jerri returns to school we are reintroduced to characters we already know, such as closeted lovers Chuck Noblet and Geoffery Jellineck as well as Principal Blackman, Tammy Littlenut and Jerri's evil step mother (played by the wonderfully talented, Deborah Rush). Of course, for any fan, it is Amy Sedaris' trollish, chipmunk faced character Jerri Blank that is the true draw to the series and the film. Jerry is a great character, at once the victim and the perpertrator, wanting to do good and fit in but finding that her dark side emerges a bit too often!

The story for the film centers around Jerri trying to find away to bring "Daddy" out of a coma by doing something that will make him proud. She settles on participating in the Science fair but, of course, has trouble focusing her mind on the task at hand. Adding conflict is Matthew Broderick as Roger Beekman, a flamboyant 9 time winner of the state sciene fair, brought in by Principal Blackman as a sure fire chance to win and prove that there are, indeed, students in his school that have a ounce of intelligence (and thereby satisfying Board of Education bigwigs played by Allison Janey and Phillip Seymour-Hoffman).
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