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Strangers with Candy (2005)

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52

Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 98
Fresh: 51 | Rotten: 47

Occasionally funny, but little more than a jumbled, overextended episode of the TV show. Still, Candy devotees won't be disappointed.

44

Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 19

Occasionally funny, but little more than a jumbled, overextended episode of the TV show. Still, Candy devotees won't be disappointed.

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The cult-favorite television series which offered a fun-house version of '70s "after-school specials" returns in this big-screen prequel to the show Strangers With Candy. Middle-aged ex-prostitute, former drug addict and all-around lowlife Jerri Blank (Amy Sedaris) emerges from prison at the age of 46 ready to start her life over again. Jerri arrives at her parents' home to discover that her father Guy (Dan Hedaya) divorced Jerri's mom and remarried before slipping into a coma. Jerri's stepmom

Mar 9, 2004

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All Critics (99) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (51) | Rotten (47) | DVD (13)

Whether you guffaw, giggle or sit stone-faced through Strangers With Candy will depend on your reaction to Sedaris as Jerri and her freak show of over-the-top bad taste.

August 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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This plays like a 'Season One' DVD, silly moments interspersed with lots of dull plot and lame high-school send-up situations.

August 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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I laughed my gluteus maximus off while watching.

July 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Audiences should find the film brilliant or repellent. At the most interesting moments, it's a bit of both.

July 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Some things were meant to be seen in small doses or on small screens. For all its subversive perks and quirks, Strangers is one of them.

July 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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Everyone but the terminally tight should find themselves laughing. And all should be awestruck by star Amy Sedaris.

July 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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Jerri may be a freshman here, but Sedaris, grotesque and fearless, is already lowbrow homecoming queen

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
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The movie never makes good on its promise of unbridled humor, but nonetheless connects with enough stabs of parody to keep it mildly entertaining.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

A bizarre mixture of streetwise raunch and starry-eyed ingenuousness.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

What separates Strangers with Candy from other high school comedies, or from most mainstream comedies in general, is the cast's total dedication to their parts.

July 10, 2007 Full Review Source: DVD Review
DVD Review

There's nothing sweet about this very strange character, Jerri, but you still can't wait to see what outrageous thing she'll do next.

March 9, 2007 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

After a bracingly funny beginning, the film gets bogged down in silly plot permutations and repetitive humor, which was more effective in half-hour television doses.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

[R]eplicate[s] in a raunchy cartoon how the chaos of our experience correlates more than we may care to admit to the chaos of our personalities.

January 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Blogcritics.org
Blogcritics.org

In spite of its demented flavor, the movie surprisingly doesn't push the envelope the way the series did.

December 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

It roars along with reckless abandon, skewering everything in its path.

October 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

... for the most part is not particularly funny.

September 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Amy Sedaris suits up as everyone's favorite former-prostitute/drug addict-turned-high school student in the long-awaited--and quite funny--big-screen version of the cult TV series.

August 31, 2006 Full Review Source: Hollywood.com
Hollywood.com

Clever and undeniably peculiar, Strangers with Candy suffers from both a complete lack of focus and a terminal case of self-satisfaction.

August 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Connoisseurs of the show likely relish the induced awkwardness and off-kilter rhythms of the piece; a good part of its appeal was the blank and baffled looks it induced in the uninitiated.

August 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

A raunchy, subversive little satire about unlikely redemption.

August 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Walks a fine line of comedic self-awareness, and only on occasion loses us in a haze of condescending wit.

August 7, 2006

Colbert steals scenes as Chuck Noblet . . . The cracked, sordid style of Strangers with Candy half-bewilders and half-appalls you into laughing.

August 6, 2006
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Like the classic comedies of Chaplin, Hawks and Woody Allen, Strangers With Candy is more than just a good subjective comedy -- it's a great objective film.

August 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

[T]here's demented, and then there's the plain sick and twisted tastlessness and hilarious audacity of this afterschool special gone horribly, wonderfully wrong.

August 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Audience Reviews for Strangers with Candy

Hilarious in a Tracy Ulman kind of way...only better. I laughed often and hardily at this over-the-top, crazy comedy.
August 12, 2014
cchclaw

Super Reviewer

Strangers With Candy is a decent comedy. The film boasts a decent cast as well. Strangers With Candy has some laughs here and there, but as a good comedy, it never succeeds at being anything other than decent. I felt that the films weakness was that it tried to hard at making you laugh, for me a comedy should be effortless at making you laugh. Strangers With Candy is funny, but at times the jokes fall flat and are boring. The film does make you laugh, but by the films end, you realize that this film could have much better. There was a good cast of comedic talent at work here, and I'm actually quite surprised that this was the best they could do. The results are decent and there is nothing really great about the film. I thought that the film was fairly forgettable, and is the type of film that you need to see only once. This is not a film that demands repeated viewings. Stephen Colbert was the funniest aspect of this film, and he definitely made the film a bit more watchable. But like I said, the film is decent and has a few good laughs, but the film takes its time to build up, and keep the laughs moving along. This film had so much potential, however half the way it's very boring. Worth watching once, and you can forget about it, there's nothing really effective at work. This is simply a decent film that could have been much better than this.
October 13, 2011
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Ewww...kay. This is a movie where a bunch of action I don't care about is held together by characters I really don't like. Amy Sedaris is a pretty good actress and more power to her for happily obliterating her natural beauty with frumy makeup, but the character she created isn't worth watching. She's boring, vain, flippantly cruel, self-centered and stupid. Every main character - the ones you're supposed to pay attention to - are all horrible people, and the only ones that aren't are only there to get treated like hell for comedic value. This just does not float my boat.
October 8, 2011
MidnightMadwoman

Super Reviewer

Funny and a good film to watch, Strangers With Candy, however presents a weak script, despire the great gags and the plot. Amy Sedaris, too, help a lot the sucess and the comedy of the film.
June 22, 2011
Lucas Martins

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