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 »
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.
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46-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 is to return to the home and family she left 32 years earlier to embark on her depraved life. When she gets there, her mother has died and her father has married a much-younger woman and fallen into a stress-induced coma in part because she disappeared. She takes the cleaning-up-her-life one step further when her father's doctor tells her that he might emerge from his coma if life could return to the way it was before she left, only better: she must make her father proud. So Jerri returns to Flatpoint High 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: Principal Onyx Blackman, who needs a winning science fair team so as not to ...Written by
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Jon Monsarrat review: Surprising, better than the show, racism?
I saw a little of the TV show and thought it was too much tell and not enough show. You know, they say that a good story doesn't need narration.
The movie was much slicker, though. I real the autobiography of Chuck Jones, the creator of Bugs Bunny, and he defined farce as when the protagonists are strange, surrounded by normals. And comedy is when the protagonist is normal, but encounters strangeness. Strangers with Candy sits somewhere in the middle. Like a farce, its protagonist is strange. But the rest of the cast is strange, too.
Greg Hollimon was my favorite, playing Principal Blackman, who is constantly involved in trouble of his own making, and is constantly scheming. Stephen Colbert was great too, although I found Amy Sedaris' character, the protagonist Jerri Blank, a little too cartoony and annoying. The rest of the cast seems to hit precisely on the border where they are obviously lampooning (not to be taken seriously) but there is enough realism to the characters that you don't fall out of the movie (drop the suspension of disbelief).
So I was pleasantly surprised by this film, which is laugh-out-loud funny throughout. One objection would be the choice of Matthew Broderick to play an evil science genius... he plays it too seriously (just as Jerri Blank is played not serious enough).
My main problem with the film was the use of racial and homophobic humor. The gag here is that the protagonist is racist and homophobic and her actions shock others because they're so inappropriate. So we never really laugh at the racist jokes, but at the resulting social awkwardness. But... this is the protagonist we're talking about here. How can we root for someone who is so clearly messed up? I can root for a bad boy with a heart of gold, but ultimately I felt there was too much bad in Jerri Blank and not enough heart. Is it really OK to tell racist jokes if they say "oh, we're only kidding"? Who should see this film:
-- If you're looking for a light summer comedy, it's a better shot than My Super Ex-Girlfriend or You, Me, and Dupree.
-- But not if you didn't like the off-color humor in Austin Powers about fat people Because of the off-color jokes, the film could have been an 8 but I'll demote it to 6. It was genuinely funny, a compelling parody on high school.
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