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A prequel to the critically acclaimed series featuring Jerri Blank, a forty-six-year-old ex-junkie, ex-con who returns to high school in a bid to start her life over.

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Paul Dinello

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Stephen Colbert (series Strangers with Candy), Paul Dinello (series Strangers with Candy) | 5 more credits »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Amy Sedaris ... Jerri Blank
Paul Sedaris Paul Sedaris ... Bus Driver
Chandra Wilson ... Inmate
Kristy Thomas Kristy Thomas ... Inmate
Dee Finley 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 Dumeng Ivette Dumeng ... Melanie (as Ivette Diaz Dumeng)
Carlo Alban ... Megawatti
Greg Hollimon Greg Hollimon ... Principal Blackman (as Gregory Holliman)
Hechter Ubarry Hechter Ubarry ... Nico
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Storyline

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 July 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De vuelta al 'insti' See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,141, 2 July 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,068,323, 17 September 2006
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The role of Alice was originally intended for Natasha Richardson, but she was in France at the time that the scene was to be filmed. If Allison Janney hadn't been available, the next actress on their wish list was Joan Allen. They also considered the possibility of retailoring the part for Jennifer Coolidge. See more »

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The exterior of Flatpoint High looks completely different in the movie, compared to in the series which takes place immediately after. See more »

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[after their science fair idea has been stolen by Roger Beekman's team]
Olivia: Maybe there's still hope.
Chuck Noblet: Hope? You fool. Don't you know death when you see it? I'm being punished. You have no idea of the terrible things I've done. Curse God and die!
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Featured in The Colbert Report: Amy Sedaris (2006) See more »

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She's a Fig Neutron
Written by Paul Dinello and Paul Shaffer
Sung by Gordon Grody and D-Fonz
Published by Postvalda Music
Adm. by Warner Chappell Music (SESAC)
Master Recordings courtesy of Worldwide Trousers Incorporated
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Zany characters keep it interesting ...
17 May 2007 | by Vic_maxSee 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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