Strangers With Candy
Review By: Aysha Hussain
Whether you’re paying a visit to the dentist’s office or paying a late parking ticket, nothing else seems more daunting than having to pay the ultimate due to society--going back to high school after having dropped out 32 years ago.
Strangers With Candy (directed by Paul Dinello) takes us on the journey of a 47-year-old female runaway, ex-convict, junkie and whore named Jerri Blank (Amy Sedaris), recently liberated from jail on the path to resurrecting her life.
To her disappointment, Jerri learned that her mother had died as a result of mourning her daughter's absence. Likewise, Jerri’s father, Guy Blank (Dan Hedaya) had slipped into a self-induced coma and would eventually experience the same fate as his wife unless something major happened. Plagued by devastation, Jerri decided to pick her life up exactly where she left off by going back to high school with the hope of bringing her father back to consciousness. To prove she could accomplish something extraordinary, Jerri entered herself into a science fair competition.
In the meantime, Jerri got reacquainted with her new family (Guy Blank remarried and had a second child) and high school for the first time. On her first day of school she encountered people like Mr. Charles “Chuck” Noblet (Stephen Colbert), a closet homosexual, science teacher; Mr. Geoffrey Jellineck (Paul Dinello), an openly sweet homosexual, art teacher and last but not least the school’s Principal Onyx Blackman (Greg Holliman) whose inappropriateness was wickedly funny and corrupt.
Almost everyone, except for her two new school friends and Dr. Putney (Sir Ian Holm), treated Jerri like a second-class citizen. Her family, teachers and classmates were constantly harassing her. But nothing really fazed Jerri. She took everything in stride. After all, Jerri had been in prison all those years.
Strangers With Candy was an ear full of humor and entertainment. It had everything from quirky mannerisms and idiosyncrasies to crass and unapologetic interactions. The film also featured a smorgasbord of hilariously talented actors such as Deborah Rush, Allison Janney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kristen Johnston, Justin Theroux, Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker.
Jerri was the most fun to watch. In all her social awkwardness, Jerri was the epitome of what a crazy lady would look like. Her looks alone were horrendous with her cellulite, gray hair, slanted eyes and that infamous overbite.
Even though Jerri and her team were disqualified from the science fair competition, she had succeeded at bringing her father back to consciousness. Jerri proved that anything is