Candy A Sweet Treat For Old And New Kids Fans
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By Rob Salem
In The Hall: Brain Candy Starring Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch,
Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson, written by Norm
Hiscock, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark Mc- Kinney & Scott
Thompson, directed by Kelly Makin. At Famous Players theatres.
**** (four stars)
long as Paramount insists on throwing money at Lorne Michaels,
it's nice to see him spend it on something worthwhile. This time,
rather than trot out Chris Farley again to try to milk yet another
spinn-off from his *Saturday Night Live* franchise, Toronto-born
producer Michaels has wisely chosen to reinvest in his most worthy
pet project, the homegrown comedy team Kids In The Hall, whom
he first brought to American television in 1989, and now introduces
in their major motion-picture debut.
it is, if not quite major, a surprisingly mainstream transitional
vehicle, accessible not only to the troupe's long-time fans, but
also to those who never saw them on television, or who did and
just didn't get it.
anything, it may be a bit too accessible - given the boys' tendency
to push the taste envelope, and their constant battles with CBC
censors, one would have expected them to really cut loose on the
only is *Brain Candy* remarkably polite (by Kids' standards, anyway),
it is also quite unexpectedly linear (also relative to the *Kids*
TV sketch show) - basically the story of a socially-challenged
scientist (Kevin McDonald) who invents a chemical cure for depression,
only to be exploited by a ruthlessly single-minded pharmaceutical
magnate (Mark McKinney doing a dead-on Michaels impersonation)
and his manipulative toady (Dave Foley).
are but three of some 57 characters the Kids variously portray
- Scott Thompson is subtly hilarious as two of the drug's most
memorable test subjects - a sad old lady and a ridiculously repressed
suburbanite - with Bruce McCulloch standing out as an amoral ad
man and an attitude-impaired rock star who suddenly turns to sappy
the Kids always were greater than the sum of their parts - their
fractured group dynamic has somehow always generated consistently
many levels, the movie reveals more about the Kids themselves
than the 50-odd (often very odd) hours of videotaped TV comedy
that preceded it.
ever-versatile McKinney remains the most singularly impressive.
Foley's minimal contribution seems barely more than an extended
cameo (not insignificantly, he is the only Kid not credited on
the script). Thompson's characters have always had the most heart.
for McDonald and McCulloch, the movie offers further proof that,
out in the real world, they may never again find as accomodating
a showcase for their diversely quirky talents.
they won't have to. Even as the TV Kids move on to other things
(Foley on *Newsradio*, McKinney on *SNL*, Thompson on *Larry Sanders*),
the movie Kids may yet live on.
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