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Strangers with Candy
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 Sara (Deborah Rush) decides to let her stay with the family in the hope her… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 52%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Bob Townsend, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Audiences should find the film brilliant or repellent. At the most interesting moments, it's a bit of both."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Jerri may be a freshman here, but Sedaris, grotesque and fearless, is already lowbrow homecoming queen"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"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."
‑ Felix Gonzalez Jr., DVD Review
"[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."
‑ Alan Dale,
"This plays like a 'Season One' DVD, silly moments interspersed with lots of dull plot and lame high-school send-up situations."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"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."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"The movie never makes good on its promise of unbridled humor, but nonetheless connects with enough stabs of parody to keep it mildly entertaining."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"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."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"In spite of its demented flavor, the movie surprisingly doesn't push the envelope the way the series did."
‑ Mark Dujsik, Mark Reviews Movies
"I laughed my gluteus maximus off while watching."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Everyone but the terminally tight should find themselves laughing. And all should be awestruck by star Amy Sedaris."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"A bizarre mixture of streetwise raunch and starry-eyed ingenuousness."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"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."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"It roars along with reckless abandon, skewering everything in its path."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
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