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Fort Worth Star-Telegram
By Todd Camp
Crude, but easy to swallow
rude. It's silly. It's twisted. But Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy
also happens to be very, very funny.
answer to Saturday Night Live--though more cutting-edge and usually
a lot funnier, despite the involvement of SNL's executive producer,
Lorne Michaels--The Kids in the Hall first emerged as a cult favorite
in 1989 on Canada's CBC. Fans have since followed their exploits
on HBO, CBS and now Comedy Central.
five baby-faced boys created a cast of characters almost as bizarre
as their own personalities. Folks like the part human/part fowl
Chicken Lady, the obsessively nasty Head Crushing Guy and the
inimitable gay pontificator Buddy Cole became old friends to growing
crowds of Kids groupies, making a movie deal imminent.
rather than stretch a popular skit to feature-length proportions--the
formula that has worked so dismally for the SNL gang--the Kids
created an original story that still manages to capture the flavor
of the show.
story centers on a pharmaceutical firm faced with financial problems.
While reviewing the current projects of their research-and-development
teams, the board discovers Dr. Chris Cooper (Kevin McDonald),
a dorky nobody who may have created a pill that cures depression.
Pressured into releasing the medical wonder before it's ready,
Cooper watches his happiness drug skyrocket to success. Pill problems
erupt, however, when the drug--which chemically recalls the user's
happiest memory--locks its takers into a comatose state of glee.
with the original series, each of the kids plays a number of roles,
both male and female, and they again prove to be equally adept
at both. McDonald has the most screen time as the ill-fated drug
creator, but each kid shines in one role or another.
McKinney is great as the gruff drug company head Don Roritor.
Scott Thompson is a stitch as the married-with-children closet
case Wally. Bruce McCulloch is on-target as a self-loathing rock
star. Dave Foley is perfect as the brown-nosing flunky Marv.
the show, some of Brain Candy falls flat while other bits border
on down right tasteless, but energetic performances and a sense
of addictive absurdity help the film emerge as hilariously stupid
and wickedly edgy as anything created for its TV incarnation.
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