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  • Summary: Strangers with Candy is a daring leap backwards. A prequel to the critically acclaimed Comedy Central series of the same name, it is the tale of Jerri Blank (Sedaris), a forty-seven year old ex-con, junky whore who decides to return home after thirty-two years as a runaway. (ThinkFilm)
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
  1. 91
    Strangers With Candy -- a perfect title -- is filled with straight-faced loonies. It's a nutcake you actually want to eat.
  2. This camp farce has its moments of high hilarity, and Sedaris is a spark plug, but it's wildly uneven.
  3. 75
    The aggressively over-the-top plot is sloppy and totally irrelevant. What counts are the jokes that fly so fast they're easy to miss.
  4. When it comes to rude comedy, one person's caviar is another's smelly fish gunk. A case in point is Strangers With Candy.
  5. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    A pic that will delight the previously converted, but, as film is just as hit-and-miss as the series was.
  6. I liked this movie better when it was called "Rock'n'Roll High School" and starred the Ramones and Mary Woronov.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    The Amy Sedaris comedy based on the failed TV show isn't the least funny film of the year - but for that it should send a thank-you note to "United 93."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 6 out of 17
  1. CraigL.
    Aug 8, 2006
    I loved this movie. I couldn't stop laughing. Do not pass this up.
  2. GL
    Jul 10, 2006
    freaking awesome. saw it with 2 other poeple we were all laughing our asses off. the other people in the theatre seemed to love it too. the NY Post obviously has 0 idea what they're talking about. Expand
  3. AmeliaS.
    Dec 29, 2006
    My rating is for those who have never seen the TV show. For avid fans of the cult series - such as myself - the rating would be about a 6. The film is full of great jokes and boasts a stellar cast, but a fan of the show would expect more. A lot of the jokes are recycled - something I don't mind - but there aren't enough new ones. I also miss the overly dramatic music, of which there was very little. Regardless, I still own the dvd. However, the TV series is much, much better. Expand
  4. JimG.
    Jul 9, 2006
    If you loved the tv show, you will want to see the movie. But don't expect to be taken beyond "more of the same." What was one of the smarter, more joyful, and creative cable efforts of the last decade remains enjoyable, but unevolved in this "prequel." Many gags are recycled from the series, which is fine, but leaves one mourning what could have been. Unfortunately, the team breaks what didn't need to be fixed. Where is Roberto Gari's wide-eyed claw-handed Guy Blank? The part as written for Dan Hedaya is completely blank and a waste of his talent. Missing is any chemistry between Jerri and Derrick (much more engagingly played by Larc Spies in the series) and Jerri-Megawatt-y relationship doesn't work as well as Jerri-Orlando. While the series felt kind of loosely edited, it was chock full of moments to be discovered in mutliple viewings. The movie elicited laughs from the audience, but those laughs were further apart and more forced than I have scene from the tv series. Overall, a disappointment, but fans of Sedaris will always want more. Expand
  5. jonathank.
    Sep 7, 2006
    I was a huge fan of the show but this movie was a real letdown. All the good laughs were in the 1st 10 minutes and a lot of the jokes were retreads from the show. Amy Sedaris is still fabulous but this was not her crowning moment. Expand
  6. EricJ
    Dec 5, 2006
    Fan of the series - but movie was really lame. It seems as if they took the original premise of the show, watered it down, spread it out and went home. Very dissapointing. Expand
  7. ldisco
    Aug 4, 2006
    BORING!! i went the the theater yesterday to see strangers with candy, managed a slight chuckle, fell asleep and left before the end which might have been the first time, pathetic. Expand

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