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by Owen Gleiberman
IN THE HALL: BRAIN CANDY (Paramount, R) Like Monty Python's Flying
Circus, the members of the television comedy troupe Kids in the
Hall create a menagerie of zanies, many of them in drag. Unlike
the Pythons, they have virtually no individuality as performers:
They're rubber-faced ciphers who specialize in impersonating cliches.
(Overall, they show less personality than their wigs.) Their first--and,
to judge from the evidence, probably last--screen comedy is a
frenetically hyperbolic farce about a nerdish scientist (Kevin
McDonald) who invents an antidepressant called Gleemonex. The
drug gets marketed without being tested, and an entire nation
is soon hooked on happy pills. The time is certainly right for
a send-up of psychopharmacological mood enhancers, but it's no
exaggeration to say that Brain Candy doesn't have a single good
laugh. The satire lurches from one target to the next, yet whomever
the Kids happen to be caricaturing (ditsy housewife, suburban
closet case, Vedderish rock star), they show an unparalleled genius
for reducing each foil to smug, toothless camp. F --OG.
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