6.1/10
7,452
81 user 52 critic

Strangers with Candy (2005)

Trailer
2:25 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

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.

Director:

Paul Dinello

Writers:

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

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Strangers with Candy (1999–2000)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A forty-six-year-old ex-drug addict returns to high school as a freshman.

Stars: Amy Sedaris, Paul Dinello, Stephen Colbert
Upright Citizens Brigade (1998–2000)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Agents Adair, Antoine, Colby and Trotter both monitor and create chaos across the universe. The sketches you see throughout most of the show are different subjects being monitored. At the ... See full summary »

Stars: Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts
Stella (TV Series 2005)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A sketch comedy show that follows the absurd adventures of Michael, Michael and David.

Stars: Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, David Wain
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Sarah Silverman stars as Sarah Silverman, an unemployed single woman who still behaves like a child. Sarah depends in everything on her sister (played by her real sister Laura). Sarah is ... See full summary »

Stars: Sarah Silverman, Laura Silverman, Brian Posehn
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A pharmaceutical scientist creates a pill that makes people remember their happiest memory, and although it's successful, it has unfortunate side effects.

Director: Kelly Makin
Stars: Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald
The State (1993–2009)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Each episode contains 30 minutes of extremely bizarre and funny sketch comedy performed by THE STATE, an 11 member sketch comedy troupe who wrote and starred in various sketches seen throughout the program.

Stars: Kevin Allison, Michael Ian Black, Robert Ben Garant
The Kids in the Hall (1988–1994)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

The TV series of the Canadian sketch comedy troupe that, more often than not, puts bizarre, unique, and insane twists in their skits.

Stars: Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald
At Home with Amy Sedaris (TV Series 2017)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Amy Sedaris applies her distinctive, sincere brand of silliness to a mash-up of hospitality, variety, and talk-show formats, showcasing her diverse, necessary homemaking skills.

Stars: Amy Sedaris, Ana Fabrega, Heather Lawless
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

A secret Black Ops rescue team made up of Gen X extreme sport athletes go to New Zealand to save a former member that has been kidnapped.

Director: Leslie Libman
Stars: Jeremy Kewley, Eric Mabius, Bai Ling
Documentary | Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Narrative digressions on sex, race, politics, and more from comedienne Sarah Silverman.

Director: Liam Lynch
Stars: Sarah Silverman, Brian Posehn, Laura Silverman
The Ben Stiller Show (1992–1995)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

This comedy/variety show specialized in parodies of movies and television shows and commercials. Often, they would also have a special guest (e.g., a TV actor) join them.

Stars: Ben Stiller, Andy Dick, Janeane Garofalo
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

This is a sketch-comedy show. The twist here is that all of the sketches (even the monologue) are connected in some strange way.

Stars: Bob Odenkirk, David Cross, John Ennis
Edit

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
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

High school is difficult... for a 47-year-old ex-con junkie crack whore. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 July 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De vuelta al 'insti' See more »

Edit

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
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

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

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

Quotes

Stew: We have cable, right? If you're paying for cable and not watching TV, you're losing money. It's just simple economics.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Over credits cast dance in silhouette before breaking through the paper screen. See more »

Connections

Follows Strangers with Candy (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Pink Deville
Written & Performed by Paul Rothman
Courtesy Extreme Music Library USA ASCAP
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Amy Sedaris' Borat-Level Transformation Only Goes So Far in a Fitfully Funny Comedy
2 February 2007 | by EUyeshimaSee all my reviews

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".


14 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 81 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed