Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy (1996)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  19 April 1996 (USA)
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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
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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Shove this up your mind



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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





Release Date:

19 April 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Brain Candy  »

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$2,653,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The music that plays in the elevator as Dr. Cooper goes to meet the executives is The Tragically Hip's 'Butts Wigglin' from their '95 album Trouble at the Henhouse. Though the lyrics are not heard, the song contains the line 'In my opinion, the drug is ready', which is exactly what Dr. Cooper tells his bosses, despite his reservations and uncertainties on that matter. Perhaps he was subliminally primed into making his ill-fated decision. See more »


When the two workmen roll the carpet into a tube, it is obviously lopsided, accumulating on the left hand side of the screen. In the next shot, the carpet is perfectly even. See more »


White Trash Man: Baby... get in the vehicle, baby!
White Trash Woman: I'm not getting in that vehicle!
White Trash Man: Baby, this is my gift to you!
White Trash Woman: What? Gift? That's not a gift, you freakin' stole this!
White Trash Man: I stole it to make it up to you, baby.
White Trash Woman: [sobbing] Well, tell me this, then - how could you sleep with my best friend and then tell me about it?
White Trash Man: Sure I told you about it, baby, but don't shoot the messenger!
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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 »


"Average Bubble"
written & performed by Pell Mell
courtesy of DGC Records
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It's Too Bad.
21 August 2001 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

As a huge fan of the Kids, I was awaiting with much anticipation their first feature film. Unfortunately, it might also turn out to be their last one as well. Brain Candy has a strong idea for the plot line, but it doesn't seem like they knew how to carry it out for two hours. I was disappointed with the film because I think that they probably could have made something much smarter and funnier if they had had the right ideas and the right people letting them do. Dave Foley is practically non-existent in the movie, which was a downside for me. There are some funny moments, but watching an episode of 'Kids in the Hall' will indubitably make you laugh more. I hope however, that someday they get back together and perform again because this comedy troupe is like no other. See the movie if you are a KiTH fan, there are some good moments. If you are not a KiTH fan, don't judge the guys on this movie. Believe me, there usually a lot worse. In a good way.

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