Strangers with Candy: Retardation, a Celebration (1999)

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A 46 year old prostitute moves back in with her father and returns to high school, where she's tasked with finding out if one of her classmates is mentally retarded.


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Credited cast:
Mr. Noblet / Nurse Laughton
Mr. Sears / Nurse Troy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kimberly Timothy (as Laura Bundy)
Roberto Gari ...
Mr. Blank, Jerri's Dad
Greg Hollimon ...
Dr. Barbham
Joseph Scott ...
Fossilton Patient
Sarah Thyre ...
Mrs. Blank, Jerri's Step-Mom


This parody of an after school special would prompt Comedy Central to commission the television series "Strangers with Candy." Fourty-seven year old Jerri Blank has just returned home for the first time in thirty-two years after running away to support her drug habit by becoming a prostitute. Now set on turning her life around, she goes back to high school and becomes a candy striper. But on the third day of school, the faculty demands that she help them get a girl expelled because of her suspected mental retardation. Written by Jojo Mac

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11 March 1999 (USA)  »

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Stephen Colbert and Paul Dinello came up with the idea for the movie after they both saw a an after-school special/documentary entitled "The Trip Back", which featured inspirational speaker Florrie Fisher, chain smoking at a podium while screaming at high school students about her troubles with drugs and prostitution. Dinello and Colbert showed a tape of the documentary to Amy Sedaris, telling her that they wanted to make a short parodying an after-school special. Sedaris modeled the voice, mannerisms, and appearance on Fisher, and many of Jerri's lines throughout the series were taken verbatim from Fischer's speeches. See more »


Spoofs The Trip Back (1970) See more »

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