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Strangers with Candy (2005)

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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

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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Going to high school for the first time is always scary... Especially the second time around. See more »

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Comedy

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The pin-up model in Jerri's locker is Amy Sedaris. Sedaris also played the cocktail waitress in the "Teacher's Lounge" scene. See more »

Goofs

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: I'm Jerri Blank and my daddy's in a coma.
Grief Counselor Peggy Callas: You know what, Jerri? I wish my daddy was in a coma. He's dead, Jerri. He was executed for war crimes, but for insurance purposes, we say he was eaten by wolves. Anyway, my point is, Jerri, somebody's always got it worse.
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Featured in The Colbert Report: Amy Sedaris (2006) 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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awesome!
30 January 2005 | by senor_dingdongSee all my reviews

This movie was hilarious, probably the funniest movie at Sundance this year. Its a must see for any fan of the show. But you don't have to have seen the show to enjoy it since the plot is basically the same as the show's. In it, Geri heads back to high school in order to save her father who is trapped in a coma. The principal cast from the show is all here and they're all wonderful, especially Principal Blackman, who in my opinion is the best part of the movie. Stephen Colbert is brilliant as always, and Amy Sedaris' portrayal of Geri is always amazing to see (especially if you've ever seen her without the make-up on). All in all, funniest movie I've seen since Shaun of the Dead. See it, seriously.


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