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Strangers with Candy (2005)

R | | Comedy | 21 July 2006 (USA)
A prequel to the critically acclaimed series featuring Jerri Blank, a 46-year-old ex-junkie, ex-con who returns to high school in a bid to start her life over.

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Forty-seven-year-old Jerri Blank is a socially unaware ex-con junkie alcoholic prostitute. After being released from her latest stint behind bars, Jerri wants to clean up her life and decides the best way to do so is to go home, where she left thirty-two years earlier when she began her depraved life. She arrives home to find that her mother has died, and her father has remarried a much younger woman and has fallen into a stress-induced coma in part because she disappeared. She takes that cleaning up her life one step further when Dr. Putney, her father's doctor, tells her that he may emerge from his coma if life were to return to the way it was before she left, but better, as she has to make her father proud. So she decides to go back to her old high school, Flatpoint, to get her high school diploma. She quickly decides the best way to be the best student possible is to participate in and win the state science fair. In her quest, she gets caught up in the competing agendas of: ... Written by Huggo

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High school is difficult... for a 47-year-old ex-con junkie crack whore. See more »

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Rated R for sexual content, language and some drug material | See all certifications »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)

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$43,141 (USA) (30 June 2006)

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$2,068,323 (USA) (15 September 2006)
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Snowball 37, the band whose logo appears on apparel worn by characters in the movie, is an actual touring band, made up of three members of the infamous Fagan family, who appear as students in the movie, and all but one episode of the TV series. The name of the band is a reference to a very well know conversation from Kevin Smith's Clerks (1994). See more »

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Mr. Noblet and Mr. Jellineck already know and are in a relationship with each other, even though they are seen meeting and hooking up for the first time in the beginning of the series which this film is a prequel to. See more »

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Jerri Blank: [Jerri is narrating, film's title appears onscreen] Stranglers... with...
[title disappears]
Jerri Blank: Hmm. I guess we'll never know.
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Follows Strangers with Candy (1999) See more »

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She's a Fig Neutron
Written by Paul Dinello and Paul Shaffer
Sung by Gordon Grody and D-Fonz
Published by Postvalda Music
Adm. by Warner Chappell Music (SESAC)
Master Recordings courtesy of Worldwide Trousers Incorporated
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Strangely Familiar???
4 March 2005 | by (Torrance, California) – See all my reviews

I saw the Strangers With Candy movie yesterday at a free screening. I'm a huge fan of the show (I own all 3 seasons on DVD) and I couldn't believe my luck at having been given a pass. For the most part, t.v. shows don't translate well on the big screen and it pains me to say that Strangers with Candy the movie is no exception to this rule.

Basically, the film is a re-hashing of the same gags and jokes true fans know and love (and will unmistakably remember) from the t.v. show. This lame regurgitation simply didn't work, and it was evident through the acting that the actors themselves felt uncomfortable reciting the same material.

A side note: At the risk of sound like a total obsessive nerd and the equivalent of SWC "trekkie"....why the hell did they change Derrick??? and the Flatpoint campus (not to mention its new location directly across from the Blank residence!) And this Megawatti person is such a lame substitution for Orlando!

This is not to say that the film didn't have it's funny moments--it did have it's fair share. The opening prison montage was especially funny and memorable. Stephen Colbert was hilarious in every scene, and Amy delivered as usual.


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