Strangers With Candy
Category: 2006 Festival
Year: 2005
Country: USA
Time: 97 minutes
Director: Paul Dinello
Amy Sedaris, Paul Dinello, Stephen Colbert, Gregory Hollimon, Dan Hedaya, Matthew Broderick, Sir Ian Holm, Sarah Jessica Parker, Allison Janney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Maria Thayer, Chris Pratt, Elisabeth Harnois
Section: Sure Bets
What better way to kick off “the world's most dangerous film festival” than by skewering every possible taboo into one extra-salty shish kabob of wicked hilarity? Nothing is off-limits in STRANGERS WITH CANDY, the vulgarity-infested satire based on the cult favorite TV show created by and starring Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert and Paul Dinello. Just like its Comedy Central kin South Park, STRANGERS WITH CANDY takes advantage of the bigger, longer, and uncut medium to launch into new realms of political incorrectness and boundary-pushing mayhem. In this hilarious prequel that reunites the original writers and cast, Jerri Blank (Sedaris) is a 46-year-old ex-junkie who, after emerging from a long stay in prison, returns to high school in a bid to start her life over and hopefully snap her father out of his 32-year coma. It doesn't take long for Jerri to realize that high school isn't so different from prison, and her hyperactive libido sends her chasing after anything with a pulse. As with the TV series, STRANGERS WITH CANDY is a showcase for the incomparable talents of Amy Sedaris. Her physical transformation and soulfully twisted embodiment of Jerri are nothing short of comic genius – a Lucille Ball for the shock-and-awe generation. Sedaris and her co-conspirators Dinello (who also directed) and Colbert have mastered shock comedy, brilliantly layering it with satire and innuendo that will have you spewing popcorn and soda through your nostrils. So all you “users, boozers, and losers” out there, get off your asses and come get a taste of this sweet, sweet candy.
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