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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)

Opening Weekend:

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

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

David Rakoff's character Boswell is named for Samuel Johnson's biographer James Boswell. 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 »

Quotes

Jerri Blank: You cross my chow zone again, you're gonna pull back a bloody stump.
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Follows Strangers with Candy (1999) See more »

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Written by Carvin Knowles
Performed by Rachael Christian and The Evil Genius Orchestra
Courtesy of Queensize Music
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Zany characters keep it interesting ...
17 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a pretty wacky movie - very unusual and unlike anything I've seen before.

This movie has fairly basic plot: a recently released 40+ year old lady wants to help bring her father out of a coma, so she embarks on the task of bettering herself by going back to high school and excelling. If it doesn't make sense, that's OK - it's nothing compared to the characters.

What makes this movie so unusual are the characters - the lead character (Amy Sedaris), the principal, the parents, etc. They are so strangely conceived and acted that it's really wild to watch. I guess that means that the actors and director did a pretty good job.

I can't say this movie was funny. Rather, it was amusing because of the extreme nature of characters. It was interesting to watch just to see what they were going to say next.

If you're in the mood for something really strange - check this out. You'll know after the first 10 minutes if this is something that's going to interest you.


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