Strangers with Candy (2005)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  21 July 2006 (USA)
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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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Going to high school for the first time is always scary... Especially the second time around. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

21 July 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

De vuelta al 'insti'  »

Box Office


$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$2,068,323 (USA) (15 September 2006)

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Some of the pictures in the lunch room were drawn by Todd Oldham, who also has a part in the film. See more »


Jerri Blank: Are you the grief counselor?
Grief Counselor Peggy Callas: Oh, god, it never ends. Have a seat. I should tell you up front, each student gets ten minutes, that last student took fifteen, so you get five.
Jerri Blank: Well, that's not fair!
Grief Counselor Peggy Callas: Take it up with Les. He's the one that's frigid.
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Featured in The Colbert Report: Amy Sedaris (2006) See more »


Written by Carvin Knowles
Performed by Rachael Christian and The Evil Genius Orchestra
Courtesy of Queensize Music
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Intelligently Stupid
12 August 2006 | by (New York, New York, USA) – See all my reviews

The movie is great, for what it is. I am a loyal fan of the show and the cast and they did a good job of making a movie version of the series. However, it is important to note that this process is very difficult and the movie appears to be more of a long episode of the show. Nevertheless, it is enjoyable, with jokes that are easily accessible to those who have a clue about the world, and makes fun of those who do not. Paul Dinello, Stephen Colbert, Amy Sedaris...all brilliant. Ms. Sedaris, a slight, cute woman in reality is vulgar and wonderfully crude. Stephen Colbert does a great job of being the born again Christian teacher (note the table of elements in the background of his classroom-it's in the shape of a cross!). And Paul Dinello is a reliable, humorous counterpart to Mr. Colbert once again. Parodying society in a parallel universe of a twisted after school special, it is wonderfully enjoyable.

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