IMDb > Strangers with Candy (2005)
Strangers with Candy
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Strangers with Candy (2005) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 24 | slideshow) Videos (see all 2)
Strangers with Candy -- 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.
Strangers with Candy -- 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.


User Rating:
6.0/10   6,648 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 7% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Writers (WGA):
Stephen Colbert (series Strangers with Candy) &
Paul Dinello (series Strangers with Candy) ...
View company contact information for Strangers with Candy on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
28 July 2006 (Sweden) See more »
Going to high school for the first time is always scary... Especially the second time around. See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Amy Sedaris' Borat-Level Transformation Only Goes So Far in a Fitfully Funny Comedy See more (76 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Amy Sedaris ... Jerri Blank
Paul Sedaris ... Bus Driver

Chandra Wilson ... Inmate

Kristy Thomas ... Inmate
Dee Finley ... Inmate (as Dee Finely)

Deborah Rush ... Sara Blank

Ian Holm ... Dr. Putney

Dan Hedaya ... Guy Blank

Joseph Cross ... Derrick Blank

Elisabeth Harnois ... Monica

Alexis Dziena ... Melissa

Ivette Diaz Dumeng ... Melanie

Carlo Alban ... Megawatti
Greg Hollimon ... Principal Blackman (as Gregory Holliman)
Hechter Ubarry ... Nico

Allison Janney ... Alice

Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Henry

Stephen Colbert ... Chuck Noblet

Paul Dinello ... Geoffrey Jellineck

Dolores Duffy ... Iris Puffybush (as Delores Duffy)

Maria Thayer ... Tamela 'Tammi' Littlenut
Timothy Hsu ... Mascott

Tom Guiry ... P John (as Thomas Guiry)
Wallace Little ... Trace

David Pasquesi ... Stew

Sarah Jessica Parker ... Peggy Callas

Matthew Broderick ... Roger Beekman
David Rakoff ... Boswell
Cal Robertson ... Les Tuckles (as Cal Robinson)

Billy Erb ... Teacher

Callie Thorne ... Teacher

Chris Pratt ... Brason
Sarah Thyre ... Coach Wolf

Kristen Johnston ... Coach Divers

Justin Theroux ... Carlo Honklin
Lian Moy ... Lian

Olivia Oguma ... Olivia
Jeremy Chu ... Jeremy
Evelyn McGee ... Clair Noblet
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alicia Ashley ... Rolanda (uncredited)
Randy Blair ... Student (uncredited)

Jonah Bobo ... Shamus Noblet (uncredited)
Leanne Cabrera ... Gym Student (uncredited)

Lionel Anthony Cook ... High School Student (uncredited)

Angelina Cruz ... Carmen (uncredited)

Thomas Daniel ... Parent (uncredited)

Lorena David ... Teacher (uncredited)

Ryan Donowho ... Stanley (uncredited)
Lori Finkel ... (uncredited)
Rob Hinderliter ... Squat Thrust Team Captain (uncredited)
Tony Lagarto ... Buster Highman (uncredited)

Christopher Larkin ... Kim (uncredited)
Tony Longoria ... Flatpoint Faculty (uncredited)
Meghan Maro ... High School Student (uncredited)

Todd Oldham ... Mr. Oldham (uncredited)
Sarah Peters ... Student (uncredited)

Michael Rivera ... Manaco (uncredited)

Timothy Roscoe ... Preppy Student (uncredited)

Jessica Rothert ... High School Student (uncredited)
Gina Vetro ... Prison Inmate (uncredited)
Mike Yedwab ... Varsity Squat Thrust Member (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Dinello 
Writing credits
Stephen Colbert (series Strangers with Candy) &
Paul Dinello (series Strangers with Candy) &
Amy Sedaris (series Strangers with Candy) &
Mitch Rouse (series Strangers with Candy)

Stephen Colbert (written by) &
Paul Dinello (written by) &
Amy Sedaris (written by)

Produced by
Jennifer Booth .... line producer
Rob Burnett .... executive producer
Stephen Colbert .... co-producer
Lorena David .... producer
David Letterman .... executive producer
Fred Nigro .... executive producer
Mark Roberts .... producer
Valerie Schaer Nathanson .... producer
Max Velez .... associate producer
Original Music by
Marcelo Zarvos 
Cinematography by
Oliver Bokelberg 
Film Editing by
Michael R. Miller 
Production Design by
Teresa Mastropierro 
Art Direction by
Mylene Santos 
Set Decoration by
Siobain Flaherty 
Costume Design by
Victoria Farrell 
Makeup Department
Angela Gallagher .... assistant makeup artist
Fabian Garcia .... key hair stylist
Kabuki .... key makeup artist
Steven Kirkham .... hair department head
Mandy Lyons .... hair stylist
Dionne Pitsikoulis .... makeup artist
Dina Sliwak .... assistant makeup artist
Carla White .... additional makeup artist
Production Management
Rosemary Lombard .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Daniela Barbosa .... additional second second assistant director
Joshua C. Hersko .... second assistant director
Jeffrey Lazar .... first assistant director
Scott Lazar .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Dawn M. Baker .... scenic artist
Robert Currie .... assistant property master
Ray Fisher .... leadman
Isaac Gabaeff .... set dresser
Adam Goodnoff-Cernese .... set dresser
Alayna Hughes .... art department intern
Akeo Ihara .... property master
Ann McKinnon .... art department coordinator
John Peter Melendez .... stand-by set dresser
Alyssa Motschwiller .... art department intern
Mark 'Steel Wool' Salinas .... key art department intern
Josephine Shokrian .... art department assistant
Adriano Valle .... art production assistant
Sound Department
Sandy Berman .... sound designer
Sandy Berman .... sound supervisor
David Esparza .... sound effects editor
Anguibe Guindo .... boom operator
Rick Hart .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Pouthier .... second boom operator
Victoria Rose Sampson .... adr editor
Victoria Rose Sampson .... dialogue editor
Victoria Rose Sampson .... sound editor
Steve Schatz .... sound effects editor
Steve Schatz .... sound re-recording mixer
Solange S. Schwalbe .... sound editor
Noah Timan .... sound mixer
Jeffrey Kaplan .... additional sound editing (uncredited)
Bill Meadows .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Neil Ruddy .... pyrotechnician
Visual Effects by
Nick Anderson .... visual effects
Toby Anderson .... animation camera
Tom Anderson .... optical supervisor
Brian Midkiff .... optical camera
Nicole Callender .... utility stunts
Stacy Courtney .... stunts
Geoffrey Dowell .... utility stunts
Stephanie Finochio .... stunts
Joanne Lamstein .... stunts
Tina Mckissick .... stunt double
Tina Mckissick .... stunt double: Amy Sedaris
Joanna Shelmidine .... stunt performer
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Cesar Baptista .... grip
Howard Davidson .... key grip
Susan Heller .... electrician
Gary Jackiewicz .... grip
Jendra Jarnagin .... company electrician
Anne Joyce .... still photographer
Hernan Otaño .... camera operator (as Hernan Michael Otaño)
Chris Scarfi .... electrician
Andrew Voegeli .... first assistant camera
Stephanie Zimmer .... camera intern
Casting Department
Lauren Grey .... casting associate
Sandy Holt .... adr voice casting
Meredith Jacobson .... extras casting
Barbara McNamara .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Christine Schultz .... set costumer
Katie Stern .... costume intern
Michelle Elaine Teague .... wardrobe supervisor
Julia Van Vliet .... costumer
Antonia Xereas .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
John Scott Cook .... first assistant editor
Joshua Duncan .... assistant editor
Ethan Henerey .... editorial intern
George Koran .... colorist
Music Department
David Bondelevitch .... music editor
Joel C. High .... music supervisor
Michael Jay .... music editor
Lawrence Manchester .... score mixer
Lawrence Manchester .... score recordist
Daniel McIntosh .... music playback
Rebecca Rienks .... music coordinator
Steven A. Saltzman .... music editor (as Steven Saltzman)
Lodge Worster .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Ashley Bearden .... production coordinator
John Bloom .... intern
Donna Cipriani .... production accountant
Dan Cooley .... location assistant
John Daro .... title designer: end credits
Lindsay Feldman .... assistant production office coordinator
Scott Ferlisi .... assistant location manager
Trish Gray .... scout
Erin Heidenreich .... sales agent
Mariana Hellmund .... script supervisor
Micky Hohl .... production assistant
Joshua Huffman .... office production assistant
Anslem King .... key production accountant
Ronnie Kupferwasser .... location manager
Erin Lander .... adr loop group
Matt Lappin .... comedy consultant
Elizabeth MacSwan .... key set production assistant
Meghan Maro .... intern
Sean Murray .... set production assistant
Don Napoli .... post-production accountant
David W. Schoner Jr. .... film commissioner
J.P. Summerskill .... payroll accountant
Amy Teitter .... production assistant
Max Velez .... producers' associate
Olivia Wolfe .... production assistant
MYC Agnew .... acknowledgement: consulting producer to Max Valez
Tony Lagarto .... thanks
John Miller-Monzon .... special thanks
Kathy Sedaris .... thanks

Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated R for sexual content, language and some drug material
USA:97 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Some of the pictures in the lunch room were drawn by Todd Oldham, who also has a part in the film.See more »
Chuck Noblet:[Repeated Line; said before he cries] Everybody! Eyes to the back of the room!See more »
Movie Connections:
She's a Fig NeutronSee more »


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
13 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Amy Sedaris' Borat-Level Transformation Only Goes So Far in a Fitfully Funny Comedy, 2 February 2007
Author: Ed Uyeshima from San Francisco, CA, USA

What remains remarkable in the translation from Comedy Central TV show to mainstream feature film is Amy Sedaris' complete lack of vanity in replaying her comic alter-ego, the aptly named Jerri Blank, a 47-year old ex-con who decides to return home after a lengthy prison term and finish high school. The original concept for the three-season cult series was a fun idea full of possibilities, satirizing the high-minded seriousness of the ABC Afternoon Specials in the 1970's by having the hapless Jerri learn some significant life lesson after going through some humiliating situation. Probably a disappointment to dedicated fans of the show, the 2006 movie is really no different except the paper-thin plot feels dragged out to its eighty-minute length (wisely cut from its 97-minute length in theaters). It has the additional burden of feeling repetitive of the series without providing much more in the way of texture or complexity.

Director Paul Dinello (who plays effete art teacher Geoffrey Jellineck), along with co-writers Sedaris and Stephen Colbert (who plays closeted science teacher Chuck Noblet), uses the opportunity to fill in a bit of Jerri's back story in coming back to the family home and dealing with her father's comatose state. According to kindly Dr. Putney, the only cure lies with Jerri's efforts to do her father proud by winning the school science fair. Of course, the easily misdirected Jerri wants to be part of the in-crowd, in particular, getting horizontal with Brason, the school's hunky squat-and-thrust champion. This consequently means turning her back on her science project team, the Fig Neutrons, which includes Tammi, Jerri's best friend and object of Sapphic desire, and Megawatti, the Indonesian geek who has an unexplainable crush on Jerri. Lots of hijinks ensue until the inevitable conclusion, including the insertion of several star cameos - Allison Janney and Philip Seymour Hoffman as bickering school board members, Sarah Jessica Parker as self-absorbed grief counselor Peggy Callas, Ian Holm as Dr. Putney, Dan Hedaya as Jerri's comatose father; and Kristen Johnston as a wheelchair-bound coach. Matthew Broderick actually has a bigger role as Noblet's adversary, the preening Roger Beekman.

Much of the TV series cast is here as well with Colbert the standout as the blustery, uptight Chuck who secretly yearns for Geoffrey, who spurns him to be Roger's idea man. For most of the time, it is fitfully funny if only because the scabrous screenplay takes no prisoners in its approach. Consider this the comic flipside to "Sherrybaby" with plenty of familiar elements from "Carrie" and "Napoleon Dynamite" thrown in for good measure. But most of all, it is a tribute to Sedaris' Borat-like transformative skills as a comic actress. The 2006 DVD has a commentary track by Sedaris, Colbert and Dinello, and although they are obviously having a good time together, much of that rapport surprisingly does not translate well for the viewer. There are eighteen minutes worth of deleted scenes, most understandably excised though interestingly, it looks like Parker's counselor was the chief victim of the cuts. Also included are the theatrical trailer (another case of a promising trailer that's a lot funnier than the movie itself) and a music video for Delano Grove's "Atomic Car".

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (76 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Strangers with Candy (2005)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
the meat man!!!!! tannybabe14
incredible tv show, does not adapt well to feature film Cinefilodough
the rusty trombone endlessmar
Hmmm. purpleismypassion
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Easy A Thumbsucker Switchblade Sisters Freeway Storytelling
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Comedy section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.