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A Poisonous Comedy

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Release Date: June 21, 2006

Starring: Amy Sedaris, Deborah Rush, Carlo Alban, Maria Thayer, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Matthew Broderick, and Stephen Colbert

Genre: Comedy

Audience: Teenagers and adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 97 minutes

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Content:

(PaPaPa, AbAbAb, HoHoHo, Ev, LLL, VV, SSS, NN, AA, DD, MMM) Very strong pagan worldview with strong anti-Christian content including a character who claims to be a born-again Christian but also makes many blasphemous statements and is involved in an extra-marital homosexual relationship, and many other homosexual references including a few brief lesbian scenes depicted in a prison shower, brief evolution references made by a science teacher; strong language with at least 14 obscenities and 12 strong profanities; several scenes of moderate cartoon violence including a group of children beating a cop and a fork being jabbed into a boy’s hand and a group of children chased by raging bulls; many perverted sexual references including brief depiction of homosexual touching, a number of vulgar jokes and a short depiction of a couple having sex; brief upper male and female nudity as well as a depiction of a man in a thong bikini; one character drinks excessively in a few scenes; several references to illegal drugs and a scene depicting a woman smoking marijuana; and, several racist jokes, mean behavior, embezzlement, and other acts of deception.

Summary:

STRANGERS WITH CANDY is a raunchy comedy about a 46-year-old woman who enrolls in high school after being released from prison. With a very strong pagan worldview and an abundance of offensive material, this is an abhorrent movie.

Review:

STRANGERS WITH CANDY is a raunchy comedy about a 46-year-old woman who enrolls in high school after being released from prison. The movie is based on television series that aired briefly on Comedy Central.

Jerri Blank (Amy Sedaris) returns home after a 32-year-stint in prison to learn that her mother has left and her father (Dan Hedaya) is in a coma. Hoping her presence will somehow help her father, Jerri decides to complete the high school education at Flatpoint High School that her imprisonment interrupted. At Flatpoint, Jerri encounters a series of misadventures with her new classmates, highlighted by her misguided participation in the school’s science fair competition.

STRANGERS WITH CANDY embraces the puzzling and annoying brand of comedy that equates humor with offensiveness. As such, the movie succeeds. Racist jokes and sexual perversity are par for the course. Although the irreverent flick distributes its tastelessness broadly, many of the most biting jokes are aimed at Christians. One of the main characters claims to be a Christian and reads distorted versions of Bible verses to his students. He is also involved in an extra-marital homosexual relationship and blasphemes constantly.

STRANGERS WITH CANDY is a poisonous picture that lacks any redeeming qualities. With a strong pagan worldview and an abundance of offensive material, MOVIEGUIDE® readers will want to avoid this movie.

In Brief:

STRANGERS WITH CANDY is a raunchy comedy about a 46-year-old woman who enrolls in high school after being released from prison. The movie is based on television series that aired briefly on Comedy Central. After a 32-year-stint in prison, Jerri returns home to learn that her mother has left and her father is in a coma. Hoping her presence will somehow help him, Jerri decides to complete the high school education that her imprisonment interrupted. As a student, Jerri encounters a series of misadventures with her new classmates, highlighted by her misguided participation in the school’s science fair competition.

STRANGERS WITH CANDY embraces the puzzling and annoying brand of comedy that equates humor with offensiveness. Racist jokes and sexual perversity are par for the course. Although the flick distributes its tastelessness broadly, many of the most biting jokes are aimed at Christians. One of the main characters claims to be a Christian but is also involved in an extramarital homosexual relationship and blasphemes constantly. STRANGERS WITH CANDY is a poisonous picture that lacks any redeeming qualities. With a very strong pagan worldview and an abundance of offensive material, this is an abhorrent movie.