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Movie review: Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy

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Movie review: Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy

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Pharmaceutical scientist Dr. Cooper develops a drug that will make people happy by locking onto their happiest memory but is pushed into releasing the drug before testing is complete. Once released, it isn’t long before Gleemonex starts to display some disturbing side-effects in patients. Then the race is on to stop people from using the drug and reverse the effects.

Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney, Scott Thompson.

First a disclaimer, I have never seen the TV show so I can’t compare the movie. The plot in this film was somewhat interesting but I got the impression that wasn’t the point. The goal seemed to be displaying the multiple roles each of the 5 Kids could play and the humor. This satire appeared to be aiming for mainstream yet came off as a semi-industrial B-movie in my opinion. A well done, entertaining B-movie but aimed at Kids in the Hall fans, not mainstream. What there is of a plot does move along fairly well.

What shines in this film are the acting abilities. Amazing when you consider 5 actors played over 30 different roles by my count. And although some of the roles had some overlap with acting, they were still very well done. The acting and humor is what made this movie, not the plot or the quality.

Sets, camera work, and sound were all okay for what appeared to be a lower budget film. Dialogue as you might expect was campy, silly, absurd, and completely dependent on the visual aid of the actors.

I enjoyed the satire of the movie but I just didn’t find it that funny. Well, other than the Worm Scientist who had developed a pill to give ex-girlfriends worms. That was hysterical. There were a few laughs but the film didn’t quite deliver the humor I had hoped for. Possibly because I haven’t seen the series so I’m not familiar with some of their standing jokes?

Overall a decently entertaining satire with a few good chuckles. If you are a Kids in the Hall fan you may find value in this film, for anyone else beside satire or spoof fans I think it will be hit or miss.

Some foul language and sexual humor. Viewing by older teens and above should be fine.

Released: 1996
Reviewed: 2.4.14
Star rating: 2 out of 5
Genre: Comedy, Cult Comedies, Spoofs and Satire

copyright ©2014 Dave Riedel

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