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Kids in the Hall - Brain Candy

Kids in the Hall - Brain Candy (1996)

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27

Average Rating: 3.8/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 8

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77

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
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The Canadian sketch-comedy masters hit the big screen with Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy, their send-up of psychopharmacology and its social ramifications. Each "kid" plays a plethora of roles; in fact, nearly every character in the film is played by one of the five "kids". When Roritor Pharmaceuticals finds itself on the verge of bankruptcy, research chemist Chris Cooper (Kevin McDonald) finds himself pressured to push his latest development to market without adequate testing at the risk of

Jul 16, 2002

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All Critics (37) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (21) | DVD (10)

The ensemble is assured and adroitly gets the gags across without telegraphing punch lines.

May 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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A twisted comedy for twisted times, this movie made me happy. Go figure.

March 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Newsweek
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A quintet of Canadian TV comedians hit the cinema screen with a splat.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A splendid showcase for their diverse, frisky talents.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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[A] shrill and slovenly opus.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Isn't anything more than a sloppy showcase for the group's costume-changing tricks, but sometimes its sheer chutzpah can be amusing.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
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You'll be laughing through your disapproval.

May 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

There are some very funny bits, but they're interspersed with long stretches of exposition that drag the whole thing down, down, down.

May 19, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It was supposed to be a comedy, but it just wasn't funny. End of story.

August 11, 2006 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

The Kids stopped doing their show two years ago. It's too bad that this may be what they're remembered for.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Some fairly funny stuff, but not up to par with the HBO series.

November 4, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

A shambling disappointment.

August 24, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

I was privy to an early test screening of this, and it was weirder and better than the final product. Even the final, watered-down version beats the hell out of most safe so-called comedies, though.

February 2, 2003
New Times

You can see the performers/writers laboring to keep the laughs coming in stories that would have worked better as skits.

September 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

Much like how South Park: BL & U proved a brilliant expansion from its source material, Brain Candy captures the Canadian Kids at their most cleverly unglued.

July 24, 2002 Full Review Source: DVD Clinic
DVD Clinic

Kids in the Hall fans won't be disappointed, but the rest of us can only hope that these talented folks will keep trying, with better results.

April 17, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

I do get it. I just don't like it.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Good characters in a crummy story don't make for particularly good time, but there are plenty of laughs to be had by all scattered throughout the film.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Audience Reviews for Kids in the Hall - Brain Candy

Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy is the first film of the Canadian comedy troupe Kids in the hall, and it is a very funny film. I'm a huge fan of KITH and their show was the finest sketch comedy TV show that I have ever seen. How does the troupe transcends to the big screen? Well, it's not a perfect film, but the Kids in the Hall manage to keep their eccentric brand of humor in the film, which in turn makes for an entertaining film to watch for fans of the show. Brain Candy is not a comedy for everyone as it will most certainly alienate viewers. The cast here is great and the storyline is terrific for what they try to accomplish. Brain Candy is entertaining and will definitely appeal to KITH fans, but to those not familiar with the troupe, they want to pass it up as they won't find it funny. As a diehard fan of KITH and the show, I thought this was a well crafted comedy that had the traditional elements that you'd come to expect from the Kids. At times, the film could have been reworked to make it a highly memorable film, but as it is, it's funny, but it of course leaves room for improvement. I felt that Show was much better, and that the troupe put more effort into their skits than on this film. I'm not saying the film is bad, I'm just saying there is room for improvement. For what it is, it's a fun comedy worth seeing if you're a fan of the KITH, but like I said, you may want to skip it, if you're not familiar with their work. Anyone looking for a final glimpse of the troupe may want to check this one out, as their later work, would depart from what they previously did on the show and in this film.
November 8, 2013
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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ehh.... it aint no American pie: naked mile, dats da trufe.
October 16, 2010
LoughnerWasLucid

Super Reviewer

It's exactly like stummies! But it makes flipper babies. This movie was great, but after a while it got to that point where it felt like they were just making stuff to fill time.
November 19, 2007
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Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

A wacky comedy about a pharmaceutical corporation releasing "Gleemonex", a happiness drug - and its affect on the world. It's quirky and funny, with a trip inside the minds of those who take the drug. I really liked Cancer Boy, the Disco-Chick and the Gay Dad. It's hummm-funny like "The Kids in the Hall" TV show, but not rip-roaring funny.
June 24, 2007
YosemiteSamFan

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