The Scoop: 1996 R, directed by Kelly Makin and starring Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, Bruce McCulloch, Mark McKinney, and Scott Thompson.
Tagline: Shove this up your mind
Summary Capsule: A series of sketches by a Canadian comedy group follow the development of a “happy” pill and its destruction of society.
Justin’s Rating: A brain pill a day keeps the doctors with the white coats away.
Justin’s Review: For those of you who haven’t seen the outrageous TV show this movie is based upon, Kids In The Hall was a Canadian sketch comedy show that prided itself in virtually offending everyone while making them laugh at the same time. I loved the show, and catch it when it comes onto Comedy Central. Kids In The Hall: Brain Candy is not just another Monty Python’s Meaning Of Life: a series of loosely related sketches made into a pseudo-movie. Instead, the sketches are developed as we jump back and forth among them, promoting a very odd plot. Basically, a group of pressured R&D scientists have developed a “happy” brain pill that is put out to market before being fully tested. In an overwhelmingly angst-filled world, this pill comes as a beacon in the night.
And so we chronicle the married man who’s gay but can’t admit it; the suicidal rock singer; the cross-dressing scientist who has a crush on another egghead; an evil executive named Don; a depressed housewife who doesn’t have anything to live for; and a sickly wheelchair-bound Cancer Boy. This last addition is horrifying in the fact (not to plagerize Mr. Cranky) that it will offend everyone except true sickos. Cancer is not really funny in the least, and without Cancer Boy this movie would have truly excelled.
That aside, Brain Candy kept me snorting (whether or not that is a drug euphanism, I’ll leave it up to you). These Kids are really talented and the comedy just doesn’t let up. Maybe Canada doesn’t really have much to offer on a daily basis (except that Quebec succession thing — wouldn’t that have been wild?. I mean, that’s like North Dakota succeeding from the Union. Who cares? I say, let them succeed, and then the U.S. Army can casually roll in a tank and a few Mafia guys named “Tony” into Quebec during the night, and we’d have an easy conquest!), but the Kids in the Hall are the closest thing they have to a national treasure.
- Anyone who takes life a little too seriously
- Your friends on Prozac
- The five Kids (three of which have last names that start with “Mc”: McCulloch, McDonald, McKinney) each play multiple roles in this film. Kevin McDonald plays the smallest number of roles (3), while Scott Thompson acts in a whopping 7 roles. I personally love Bruce McCulloch (6 roles) who plays the female lovesick scientist Alice to the hilt.
Raymond Hurdicure: So I hear dad’s dead. Hey, is that egg nog?
Gay Man: Doctor, why do those, you know, types think that I’m one of them?
Doctor: Because you ARE one of them! You are gay! You are a homosexual! I know it, your family knows it, DOGS know it! The only one who doesn’t know it is you!
Mrs. Hurdicure: [looking at drug] What will this do?
Dr. Cooper: Well, it reaches into your brain “chemically,” and then it locates your happiest memory “chemically,” then it locks onto that emotion and freezes it “chemically,” and then it keeps you happy, happy.
Baxter: Chris? She’s depressed, not stupid!
Scientist: I’ve invented a pill that gives worms to ex-girlfriends.
Don: Uh, right, and what’s positive about that?
Scientist: Well, it’s a pill that gives worms to ex-girlfriends.
Don: Couldn’t it also give worms to ex-boyfriends?
Scientist: This is a drug… for the world… to give worms to ex-girlfriends.
Don: Well, great. Thanks for stopping by.
Scientist: You just don’t get it here! Huhoooo!
If you liked this movie, try these:
- Monty Python And The Holy Grail
- The Kids In The Hall TV series