Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Those hysterical Canadian fruits play about 35 different roles in this satire focusing on a new ‘happy pill’ called Gleemonex, and the effect it has on various freakish lunatics.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
If you loved the Kids in the Hall when they has their brilliantly bizarre comedy show in HBO, then you must now RUN to the video store and buy yourself a copy of this movie. Those unfamiliar with the comedy stylings of McKinney, McCulloch, McDonald, Thompson, and Foley should still give it a shot, but only if they have a taste for rampant silliness, clever irony, and a few inspired surprises from out of left field. Though the Kids hung up their TV shoes in 1994, they gathered for one last hurrah and the result was Brain Candy, quite possibly the funniest export from Canada since the glorious days of Bob and Doug McKenzie!
Those expecting a straight ‘sketch comedy’ like the Kids HBO series may be initially disappointed to learn that Brain Candy actually has a plot, but it’s a loose-fitting one at best, a colorful framework on which to hang a dizzying array of garish and strange characters behaving rather oddly. Each member of the group gets 7 or 8 characters to create, and if the ones onscreen right now don’t tickle your laugh gland, you need only wait three minutes for the next lunatic to appear. (My personal favorites were the middle-class Dad desperately trying to suppress his burgeoning homosexuality and Kevin McDonald’s moments as Dr. Cooper…with a half-dozen others running a close second.) Oh yeah, Brendan Fraser offers a five-minute cameo that’s probably more entertaining than ANY of his other performances to date.
mmm… Comedy troupe + commentary track = instant hilarity, right? Apparently Paramount feels differently, as this DVD offers nothing in the area of Special Features. Seems that even the original theatrical trailer proved too difficult to locate.
Much like how SOUTH PARK: BIGGER, LONGER AND UNCUT proved a brilliant expansion from its source material, Brain Candy captures the Canadian Kids at their most cleverly unglued. Fans should absolutely own this one, lack of extras be damned.