Kids in the Hall 'Brain Candy' Reviews
It's a great comedy... About depression.
The Story: A group of misfit scientists create a drug that cures depression, but has an odd side effect... It mainly follows one character, Dr. Christopher Cooper, as he becomes famous and exploited because of the drug, and as he tries to expose the drug for what it is, all the while fighting against a greedy drug company... There's a lot of side characters here, and they kind of fade into the background, but at the same time they advance the story and keep it moving swiftly. It's laugh out loud funny, any fan of Kids in the Hall will love this, and even if you're not a fan of the Kids, you're still likely to find something of interest. This film also, while not super stylish, is still a good looking film, it's cinematography and shot selection goes above and beyond the call of duty. With all that said, you might be wondering who these "Kids in the Hall" are. If you don't know, Kids in the Hall is an old Canadian sketch comedy show, and currently a comedy troup doing skits here and there off screen. They're brand of humor often times deals with gay jokes, and off centered, and often times random events that make us laugh. Also, a word of warning, there's no women in this comedy troop, so all the major female leads are the Kids in drag. And there's also a hefty amount of homosexual humor that sometimes crosses the line of decency. So if you're offended easily by homosexuals, and people in drag than you might want to steer clear... And so, all that out of the way, I want to say that though there's nothing wrong with homosexuals, the entire cast is not gay... Only one of them is...
The Cast: Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney, Scott Thompson... Yeah, it's five people with a count of at least 32 characters. That's a lot of characters, I won't go into detail on every character, only the most crucial to the story. But even though I'm keeping the descriptions down this calls for something that might sound a little complex so pay attention... Dave Foley is Marv, he's the corporate lackey and yes man of Don Roritor. Don Roritor is played by Mark McKinney, he's got the second most screen time in the film, he's the head of the greedy drug company that wants to exploit the new drug and Dr. Cooper for all they're worth. Dr. Cooper is played by Kevin McDonald, he's the head of the research team and the man responsible for the wonder drug, his story follows the classic "become famous and forget your friends" scenario. Scott Thompson is a lot of minor characters ranging from the gay man that doesn't know he's gay even though it's painfully obvious, to the kindly old lady who suffers from severe depression. Bruce McCulloch, plays the part of Cisco, the man that knows just how to promote and exploit people and things. He greases the wheels of fame for Dr. Cooper and the marvelous wonder drug called "Gleemonex"... Got all that? I hope so because I don't want to repeat myself. Every Kid plays the part with the perfect amount of goofiness, and make for some of the most loveable characters in the history of cinema.
One to Five Scale: 5
On the surface it doesn't seem to be all that amazing, but if you actually stop to look at it, you'll find a surprisingly intelligent script, and a surprisingly good story, a must see for any fan of the Kids, and any fan of comedy. I know this film is probably pretty tough to come by, but you should stop at nothing to get your hands on it. Yeah, it's that good.
This one was okay. I laughed a bit, but I expected it to be funnier than what it was. Fair at best.