Itís good for the occasional laugh and shock value, but overall I found it more strange than hilarious. I could always tell when something was supposed to be really funny (and even though I only saw the show a couple times, I still recognized some of the same jokes and situations being reused here) but nothing really blew me away laugh-wise. The quirky characters and offbeat setting might work in smaller doses, but the biggest issue for me regardless of format is that I donít particularly get the appeal of the main character. Jerri Blank is just too out there and off-putting. Thatís not to say that Amy Sedaris doesnít do a good job with the role; if you seen her outside of this character, itís a pretty impressive transformation with the twitchy eye and contorted faces. I think Stephen Colbertís closeted science teacher was the only thing that consistently made me laugh. (ďEyes to the back of the room!Ē)
The other thing worth mentioning is the insane amount of appearances by random celebrities, including Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker, Allison Janey, Justin Theroux and Ian Holm. (Seriously, Ian Holm is in this movie.) They must all be fans of the show (since they didnít do this one for the paycheck), but each of their small roles serves more as a distraction from the actual story and main characters. Example: Instead of Oh, thereís the science fair judge. I hope he gives Jerriís team first place all Iím thinking is Dude! Itís Phillip Seymour Hoffman! The Hoff! Oh wait, no, the Hoff is David HasselhoffÖ
Maybe if I was more familiar with the show I wouldíve gotten some of the in-jokes. But as an outsider, like the majority of itís potential audience, all I can say is that STRANGERS WITH CANDY isÖnot unfunny?
Commentary by Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert and Paul Dinello: All three are very funny and I laughed more at this than I did at the movie. After watching Stephen Colbert every night on The Colbert Report, its weird hearing him talk in his normal, non-ďtruthyĒ voice.
Deleted Scenes (19:31): There are 18 cut or extended scenes, which means that theyíre all quite short. Thereís more of the jail stuff seen in bits and pieces in the opening montage and Sarah Jessica Parkerís role is expanded here (not sure whether thatís good or bad).
Atomic Car music video (3:36): Made up solely from shots of the school secretary, itís funny for that reason alone. (But I donít see myself watching it ever again.)
A Theatrical Trailer and assorted Previews.
Extra Tidbit: Amy Sedaris is the younger sister of the kickass writer David Sedaris.