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Strangers With Candy

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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:
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    Restricted
  • Studio: IMAGE/THINKFILMS
  • DVD Release Date: July 27, 2006
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HC2OBO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,836 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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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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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"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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I believe anyone that buys this movie , nine out of 10 buys it because they watched the Comedy Central cult phenomenon that lasted three seasons. Starring: Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert , and vPaul DiNello . The show had numerous guest stars ranging from Will Ferrell, Wynona Rider, Janine Gruffalo and many more.

The film just like the television show is about a 47-year-old runaway who decides to go back to high school after 32 years of drugging , drinking and even part-time as a crack addicted prostitute . Keep in mind this is all done to be in the name of comedy, and once you see the film , or even the TV show. Most people have seen that show is why they are checking out the film . They know that this movie is all about learning all the wrong lessons and being completely politically incorrect.
Sedaris plays the role of Jerri Blank, who after 32 years goes home after drugging, drinking and prostitution to three unite with her father. Her father happens to be, coma-toasted from years of his daughters and text , with a new wife due to the fact his daughter's mother passed away. Jerry finds out she has a step mother and step brother who are her own version of the wicked stepmother and stepsister. Anyways the antics go on , but to see to see what goes on. This movie is higher amount of high-profile cameos . Just to name a few the late but Philip Seymour Hoffman , Sarah Jessica Parker, Allison Janie and Chris Pratt to name a few . I love this movie just as much as I love the show :-) I give it 4 1/2 stars is because I found the TV show was a little bit more politically incorrect and had a little bit more of an anti- afterschool special field to it. Whereas the movie has more of a beginning, middle and ending to it .
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