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Strangers with Candy (2005)

R | | Comedy | 21 July 2006 (USA)
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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 »

Genres:

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

David Rakoff's character Boswell is named for Samuel Johnson's biographer James Boswell. 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

Jerri Blank: I can't leave you! You were all like family to me!... well, the white ones at least. The rest of you were more like loyal house servants.
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Strangely Familiar???
4 March 2005 | by Veronica HernandezSee all my reviews

I saw the Strangers With Candy movie yesterday at a free screening. I'm a huge fan of the show (I own all 3 seasons on DVD) and I couldn't believe my luck at having been given a pass. For the most part, t.v. shows don't translate well on the big screen and it pains me to say that Strangers with Candy the movie is no exception to this rule.

Basically, the film is a re-hashing of the same gags and jokes true fans know and love (and will unmistakably remember) from the t.v. show. This lame regurgitation simply didn't work, and it was evident through the acting that the actors themselves felt uncomfortable reciting the same material.

A side note: At the risk of sound like a total obsessive nerd and the equivalent of SWC "trekkie"....why the hell did they change Derrick??? and the Flatpoint campus (not to mention its new location directly across from the Blank residence!) And this Megawatti person is such a lame substitution for Orlando!

This is not to say that the film didn't have it's funny moments--it did have it's fair share. The opening prison montage was especially funny and memorable. Stephen Colbert was hilarious in every scene, and Amy delivered as usual.


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