Leaves a Bad Taste
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By Rita Kempley
A frenzied quintet of Canadian cross-dressers, Kids in the Hall
explore the perils of Prozac in "Brain Candy", a tiresome satire
about a nerdy scientist (Kevin McDonald) corrupted by corporate
greed. The erroneous message of this shrill and slovenly opus,
the Kids assert, is: "You can't feel happy unless you have felt
by the troupe, the sketchy, skitlike screenplay opens in the underground
laboratories of a pharmaceutical conglomerate, where a team of
earnest young researchers is testing Gleemonex, a new antidepressant.
Upstairs, meanwhile, the company's ruthless owner (Mark McKinney)
is reporting a decline in profits to the members of his board.
the help of his yes man (David Foley), the evil magnate pressures
the scientist to release Gleemonex without further testing. After
the entire population has gone up, up, up on the mood elevator,
the researchers discover a serious side effect: Gleemonex users
become so passive they fall into comas.
something must be done, but what?
most situations, the Kids change wigs. Each of the comics plays
several roles, which has less to do with versatility than with
the group's vast supply of hairpieces. Since drag is one of their
specialties, they also draw inspiration from the Queen Elizabeth
In all they create 40 new characters, including Bruce McCulloch's
ladylike girl scientist and Scott Thompson's towering drag queen.
Unfortunately, none of the femmes is as entertaining as Mrs. Doubtfire
or the flock from "The Birdcage". And with cross-dressing going
mainstream, the group's reputation for the cutting edge has dulled.
Even their in-the-know gay jokes are uninspired: A bunch of men
fleeing a public restroom with their pants down; a bunch of men
fleeing a vacant basement with their pants down; a bunch of soldiers...Well,
you get the idea.
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