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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 »

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

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21 July 2006 (USA)  »

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

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Chuck Noblet: Obviously he stole our idea!
Principal Blackman: I don't see how he could've stolen it if I saw his first.
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Follows Strangers with Candy (1999) See more »

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Jelli's Last Man
Written and Performed by Mark Levenson
Courtesy of The Music Factory, LLC/Mark Levenson Publishing Co.
Published by Mark Levenson Publishing Co./ASCAP
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Great movie
7 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie had very funny moments and the whole idea of a life first suspended -- for thirty-two years -- and then resumed exactly where it was left off promises great exhilaration. The plot is simple but cleverly executed with straightforward wit and healthy irony at the expense of much 'high-school' culture examined in a provocative way to repeat what many know (that racism is perniciously persistent in American education) but seldom face. Though far different in scope and much more ambitious, Crash comes to my mind as a term of comparison for the racism issue, but Strangers with Candy is neither as subtle nor as successful as Crash in making the audience confront their own denial about what racism is and how it manifests itself. Strangers with Candy is a truly funny movie with a somewhat serious message that never spoils the fun. I admit that in some moments I felt uncomfortable with the behaviors of some of the characters in relation to race; yet I do recognize that this is just a movie and reality is a lot uglier than any fantasy. But viewers should resist the notion that the movie is merely supposed to be funny. The plot and the purposefully unsubtle dialog inevitably should make one think of race and racism. I hope viewers will recognize that.


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