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

A team of scientists working for a pharmaceutical company discovers a cure for depression. When the company finds itself in trouble financially, they rush the new drug into production without doing enough testing. Things seem to go fine until some of the users of the drug start slipping into comas. It becomes a race between the scientists who want to tell the world the truth and the company's marketing department who wants to protect their profit margin. Written by Jeff Stanley

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Rated R for language and sexual humor | See all certifications »
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$2,653,000 (USA)
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Old Guy in Studio Audience: I want to be a scientist just like you. Any advice?
Dr. Chris Cooper: Er... work hard and stay in school!
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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 »

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References Charly (1968) See more »

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You think Life of Brian is funny?
8 May 2003 | by (Denton, Texas) – See all my reviews

When I was growing up in the 80's, there were basically three camps of movies that were so incredibly funny that they were legendary among my peers and my generation. Those movies were the Monty Python films (Holy Grail, Life of Brian, Meaning of Life), the Mel Brooks classics (Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein), and the Airplane! movies. Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy is an awesome example of how funny a movie can be, and I hope that some day more people will see it that way and that it will achieve a cult status as a legend of great comedy. It did terribly at the box office, but that was just some unfortunate oversight. Brain Candy features uncanny wit, rollicking absurdity, hilarious zaniness, immaculately understated social commentary, and some of the best comic performances ever filmed (my personal favorite performances are Mark as Don Roritor and Scott Thompson as the clueless closeted gay guy). I believe that the particular kind of comedy in Brain Candy is not easy to enjoy during the first viewing, which is why you should watch it a few times. When the Kids' masterpiece starts sinking in to your head, you'll start getting a whole lot of laugh-returns on your investment.


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