Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy

Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy

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Director: Kelly Makin

Cast: Kelly Makin, Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald

     
 

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The Canadian sketch-comedy masters hit the big screen with Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy, their send-up of psychopharmacology and its social ramifications. Each "kid" plays a plethora of roles; in fact, nearly every character in the film is played by one of the five "kids." When Roritor Pharmaceuticals finds itself on the verge of bankruptcy, research chemistSee more details below

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The Canadian sketch-comedy masters hit the big screen with Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy, their send-up of psychopharmacology and its social ramifications. Each "kid" plays a plethora of roles; in fact, nearly every character in the film is played by one of the five "kids." When Roritor Pharmaceuticals finds itself on the verge of bankruptcy, research chemist Chris Cooper (Kevin McDonald) finds himself pressured to push his latest development to market without adequate testing at the risk of losing his job. The product -- Gleemonex, an anti-depressant bearing more than a slight resemblance to Prozac -- seems at first to be a wonder drug; users find themselves in a perpetual state of bliss as they relive their fondest memories time and again. Success goes awry, however, when a fatal side-effect surfaces -- users become catatonics. The craze has caught on, however, and the entire world seems to be taking Gleemonex, forcing Dr. Cooper to fight his employers and warn the masses before disaster strikes. The plot is really just an excuse for a series of funny, hallucinogenic sketches involving the memories and fantasies of its users; the funniest include a grandmother's all-too brief holiday visit with her family, and a married man's homoerotic experiences in the military. Another winning scene: a brooding grunge-rock idol (Bruce McCulloch) who's taken the drug unexpectedly changes his tune at a concert to the bewilderment of his angst-hungry fans. Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy is hit-or-miss satire, but much of the humor finds its mark in this humble, surprisingly intelligent film.

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Kids in the Hall are so very reminiscent of Monty Python. First of all, there just aren't that many comedy troupes -- especially funny ones. They also have the same snappy pacing (though not as fast as the Brits), which never leaves one hanging for very long onto a stale joke. But, of course, the most important similarities are the offbeat, incisive humor and the almost total lack of humility. Like Python's own forays into cinema, Brain Candy is a hit and miss affair. It's the nature of the comedy beast borne from sketches, and this movie has a disjointed, sketchy feel to it. It's not as thin as your average Saturday Night Live vehicle, and it's more focused than Monty Python's Meaning of Life, but it's not as funny or important as Monty Python and the Holy Grail or The Life of Brian. It's probably destined to be a cult film, especially since the Kids reformed for this effort and have no plans to work together again.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/25/2013
UPC:
0883316730409
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount (Pmt)
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:28:00
Sales rank:
18,505

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dave Foley Marv,New Guy,Psychiatrist,Raymond
Bruce McCulloch Alice,Cisco,Cop #2,Grivo,Worm Pill Scientist,White trash man,Cancer Boy
Kevin McDonald Dr. Chris Cooper/Chris' Dad/Doreen/Lacey
Mark McKinney Cabbie,Cop #1,Don Roritor,Simon,Gunter,Nina Bedford
Scott Thompson Baxter,Mrs. Hurdicure,Phil,Raj,The Queen,Wally Terzinsky,Malek,Clemptor
Janeane Garofalo Woman At Party
Paul Bellini Bellini

Technical Credits
Kelly Makin Director
Dave Appleby Sound/Sound Designer
Paul Denham Austerberry Art Director
Fred Brennan Sound Editor
Bruce Carwardine Sound/Sound Designer
Ross Clydesdale Casting
Sue Conley Sound Editor
Christopher Cooper Editor
Steven Drake Score Composer
Keith Elliott Sound/Sound Designer
Walter Gasparovic Asst. Director
Yuri Gorbachow Sound Editor
Norm Hiscock Screenwriter
Gregory Keen Production Designer
David A. Makin Cinematographer
Andy Malcolm Sound Editor
Bruce McCulloch Score Composer,Screenwriter
Kevin McDonald Screenwriter
Mark McKinney Screenwriter
Lorne Michaels Producer
Craig Northey Score Composer,Songwriter
Tim O'Connell Sound/Sound Designer
Tom Rosenberg Executive Producer
G. Marq Roswell Musical Direction/Supervision
Sigurjon Sighvatsson Executive Producer
David Steinberg Executive Producer
Jane Tattersall Sound Editor
Scott Thompson Screenwriter
Barnaby Thompson Co-producer
Martin Walters Producer
Don White Sound/Sound Designer
Delphine White Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard S. Wright Co-producer

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