Candy A Sweet Treat For Old And New Kids Fans
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By Liz Braun
In The Hall: Brain Candy has moments of inspired silliness and
will no doubt prove to be nirvana to those fans of the troupe
who have followed this quintet of laffmeisters from TV to the
a movie, it stinks.
is beside the point.
Candy is a pastiche of bizarre characters and scenes stuck together
into a feature-length film.
story involves the invention of a Prozac-like drug that induces
happiness; patients remember the happiest moment of their lives,
and their momentary bliss is locked in by the medication.
of the Kids plays several characters, but in the roles that move
the plot along, Kevin McDonald plays the scientist who invents
the new happy pill, 'Gleemonex.' Mark McKinney is the ruthless
head of the drug company that manufactures Gleemonex and puts
it on the market before all testing is complete.
Thompson plays (in drag) one Mrs. Hurdicure, a patient who takes
Gleemonex. Bruce McCulloch (in drag) is Alice, one of the scientists,
and he's also Grivo, an angry heavy metal artist (soon to become
a happy popster, thanks to Gleemonex).
Foley is Marv, yes-man at the drug company.
happens? As you'd imagine, a pill that makes everybody happy all
the time soon proves to be a disaster.
can't overlook how very autobiographical Brain Candy often seems:
Some of the themes are the temptation to sell out to big business,
the expectations involved in being 'happy' (or perhaps funny)
all the time, things moving along too quickly, and so forth.
main story aside, Brain Candy has some pleasantly bizarre bits
and characters thrown into the mix that are far more fun -- McCulloch
as a seedy marketing guy named Cisco, for example, or Scott Thompson's
in-the-closet gay father figure, Wally.
need to force their work into a cohesive narrative to satisfy
somebody's idea of a movie would seem to be what went wrong with
said that, we can introduce you to several dozen teenagers who
think nothing at all went wrong with it.
Makin (National Lampoon's Senior Trip) directs Brain Candy from
a script co-written by Saturday Night Live's Norm Hiscock and
four of the five Kids. The film is a Lorne Michaels Production,
which looks like as good a place as any, and maybe better, to
Kids In The Hall have always been a love 'em or hate 'em comedy
phenom, so act accordingly on their movie.
Candy is a fan's delight. All others beware.
RATING: 3 OUT OF 5
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