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Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy (1996)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  8 November 1996 (UK)
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A pharmaceutical scientist creates a pill that makes people remember their happiest memory, and although it's successful, it has unfortunate side effects.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marv / Psychiatrist / New guy / Raymond Hurdicure
Bruce McCulloch ...
Alice / Cisco / Grivo / Worm pill scientist / Cop #2 / Cancer boy / White-trash man
Dr. Chris Cooper / Doreen / Chris' dad / Lacey
Simon / Don Roritor / Cabbie / Gunther / Cop #1 / Nina Bedford / Melanie / Drill sergeant / White-trash woman
Baxter / Mrs. Hurdicure / Wally Terzinsky / Malek / Big Stummies scientist / The Queen / Raj / Clemptor
Ginny Hurdicure
Amy Smith ...
Raymond's kid
Raymond's kid
Cooper's groupie
Cooper's groupie
Wally Jr.
Erica Fairfield ...
Wally's daughter (as Erica Lancaster)
Jackie Harris ...
Natalie (Roritor's secretary)
Jonathan Wilson ...
Panicky assistant
Mai Tai waiter


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Rated R for language and sexual humor | See all certifications »





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8 November 1996 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Brain Candy  »

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$2,653,000 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Dave Foley originally had a much larger role in the writing of the script and in the film, with more characters and scenes. But he quit the troupe in the middle of the writing, due to his dissatisfaction with the script and the internal feuds, was cast in NewsRadio (1995) and was featured in the movie due to contractual reasons. After years of denial from the five Kids, Dave Foley came clear about his involvement with "Brain Candy" in an interview with "The Onion A.V. Club" in 2004. See more »


When the psychiatrist writes a prescription for Gleemonex for the repressed gay character, we see a large microphone hanging from the patient's neck during an over-the-shoulder shot as he's sitting up on the couch. See more »


Dr. Chris Cooper: I think I may have something.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits, Mother Hurdicure is distressed over her grandson flying away with the balloons she gave him, and is queried by the boy's mother as to his whereabouts. See more »


References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


Butts Wigglin
written & performed by The Tragically Hip
courtesy of MCA Music Entertainment,
a division of MCA Canada Ltd.
and Atlantic Recording Corporation
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Really good
29 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

If you're coming to this site trying to decide whether to rent BRAIN CANDY or not, let me put your mind at rest and tell you to run to the video store right now and get the DVD. At least all these mediocre reviews here don't set you up for disappointment, as can be demonstrated by my shock at its hilarity when I first saw it. That was actually a wonderful surprise. It's of course overlooked, but isn't that always a little bit nice with a gem? Kevin McDonald garnered an awesome soundtrack (Pixies, Odds, Cibo Matto, Pavement, etc), they all turn in great SUBTLE (!) performances, the writing is never low brow or cliched (THANK YOU!!), and last but not least its the Kids for God's sake, and everything they touch always turns gold. There are so many quotable lines in this movie that it's insane, and PLUS it stays with you for a long time. When I first saw it, I wasn't even that familiar with the Kids and still enjoyed it a lot. It actually got me more interested in them. It has pitch black humor, is intelligent, and has a message (It even left me feeling guilty on my opinion on antidepressants)! And not only are fans treated with new, well thought out characters but with recurring favorites. Basically, it has everything you could ask for in a movie.

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