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Overall Rating
3.87

Awesome40.38%
Worth A Look: 30.77%
Average: 11.54%
Pretty Bad: 9.62%
Total Crap: 7.69%

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Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Canadians do their own SNL & make it better than their extended skits."
3 stars

It's always hard to judge a movie based on a television show when you are unfamiliar with the material which it is based upon. Some may argue that you should take the movie version on a whole as its own, and roughly that's what I'm doing, but when you consider how messed up TV shows-cum-movies have been, such as one with such potential like "Inspector Gadget" or "Masters of the Universe," it's difficult to submit such subjectivity. Such is the case with the syndicated Canadian television show "Kids in the Hall," a quirky, "not-for-everybody" comedy where all the women are played by men for no particular reason at all. I have only caught an episode or two myself, but according to a reliable source, only a few actors and characters show up in the movie version. Whether this is good or bad, I cannot offer you a complete answer, and who exactly these kids in the hall are either, I serve no help. But if you are looking for some low-brow humor a little less scurrilous than "South Park," but a little more than "The Simpsons," "Kids in the Hall: Braincandy" finds itself jocundly in the center.

"Braincandy," the additional title refers to an anti-depressant medicine discovered by a nerdy scientist who works at a pill developing company, famous for inventing "Stummies." In essense, it gives off the aura of playing like an extended version of what the show would seem to be, but the simple iconoclasm it offers counterbalances the cliché of what it does levitate towards, and so it finds a comfortable mediation of balance.

At that corporation run by what looks like a source of Mike Myers' inspiration for Doctor Evil (Myers is after all Canadian too), they're being forced to vut 60% of their research because of no success since Stummies. As soon as they come upon that anti-depressant, Gleemonex, they run with it, and the medicine, by locking the patient's mind on their happiest memory, pulls them out of their depression. So by following a bunch of random characters in their own storylines (a closeted dad, an underappreciated grandmother, a gothic rock star, et al.), it all leads them to taking the "braincandy" and then the eventual side-effects of going comatose, living that particular moment over and over in repetition. It's up to the super-scientist to come up with an antidote before the whole world becomed ODed on this drug.

If that sounds at all amusing, then this will easily be your comedy --but if not, there isn't much I can do to sell you on this movie besides giving it my recommedation. Take for example, the gay father watching homo-pornography in his room. His wife (a mock-woman) comes home and asks the kids where their father is, and their reply is, "upstairs masturbating to gay porn again." Or as a cops goes into a public restroom at night, as he turns on the light, a voice yells, "Lights off asshole! Oh shit, it's a cop, everyone out!" And following that, a large group of men all run out of the bathroom, putting their clothes on or zipping it up. If this isn't your wholesome dose of Meg Ryan comedy, skip it.

"Braincandy" isn't really that comendable for being outrageous, because for the most part, it's pretty tame. But as a group, like Canada's version of "Saturday Night Live," they have energy and use it in an effective way. It feels as though the only concern of the performers, and the director as well, is to put on a funny show while exhibiting neophytical mistakes.

There isn't a person or group of people maybe beyond David Foley (who is only miminally used) that deserve special recognition, but the movie itself, using all of its participants, is transitorily amusing and as a sophomoric display of crude humor, is funny.

Final Verdict: B-

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User Comments

3/22/09 Dane Youssef I laughed TWICE. Otherwise, this is one limp effort. The Kids' weak script is to blame. 1 stars
8/20/05 ES some good parts, some incredibly gay parts (literally) and some crazy parts 2 stars
5/16/05 Dick Edwards a bloody good laugh. 4 stars
3/31/05 anton freakin halarious always have enjoyed kids in the hall. 5 stars
7/28/04 Paul Walker Not the best kids movie, i agree that the wrong guy is a whole lot better, sorry kids 2 stars
7/26/04 george bush it suckx 1 stars
6/15/04 Gerry Ditrich this movie is the apitimy of what the mid 90's were, in a brilliant cuttng and funny way 5 stars
4/27/04 Sam Beddoes Very odd and amusing 4 stars
2/27/03 Nathan Greatest comedy of all time! 5 stars
11/25/02 Doug Blatantly aimed towards Ecstasy use... 5 stars
8/03/02 Kino Amanda, I think you have to be 12 or under, or stupid as hell to be a fan of these fucks. 1 stars
3/15/02 youwishyouwereme This film is fucking awesome. Mike Myers has blatently ripped off Dr Evil from the kids. 5 stars
3/03/02 Unagiboy Really disappointing. See "The Wrong Guy" instead. Dave Foley is classic in it. 2 stars
12/02/01 travis r. sorensen one of the worst movies i've ever seen. i nearly shot myself after viewing it 1 stars
10/19/01 Andrew Carden Pretty Stupid and Almost Totally Laughless Movie That Really Goes Nowhere. 2 stars
9/30/01 Amanda Marsh It was so fucking awesome and I loved David Foley .PS. I'm your only 12 year old fan! 5 stars
9/10/01 Busta The Movie was great but they needed some more characters from the show 4 stars
5/26/01 carissa mmmm david foley 5 stars
11/15/00 MiS^DeMeAnOr The kids in the hall let me down..I like the show better. 2 stars
11/11/00 Rachel it wasnt what i expected, their show was better 4 stars
9/18/00 Dude Like Greg said, Dave Foley was underused. Which sucks since he's the most talented one 4 stars
7/27/00 The Bomb 69 blame canada... for being so god damn funny!!!!!! 5 stars
9/06/99 Emily Absoluty brillient! 5 stars
9/03/99 Myra Pretty cool.. but couldn't been a LOT better. .. Where's Buddy Cole?! 5 stars
5/26/99 iyu Worth seeing just for Cancer Boy. :D) 4 stars
3/18/99 Max Bernstein KITH have kicked ass since their days on HBO - they still got it! 5 stars
2/07/99 roxy just because the KITH are in it, it's good. 5 stars
2/03/99 Michelle Me Belle I LOVE the Kids! But the movie aint that great! But still ya gotta see it if your fans! 4 stars
10/18/98 Kwyjibo Bring back the Kids. No, not the New Kids, the Kids. 5 stars
9/09/98 Bruce Willis' mama. Three words. Cats on ceiling. 5 stars
9/02/98 J-Guy funny movie. KITH fans will love it. great musical scenes. 4 stars
8/28/98 Johny Extremely funny and repeatable 5 stars
8/25/98 Miss Stress it's kids in the hall, what more could you ask for?! 4 stars
8/24/98 The Capital City Goofball Some sloooow moments but overall a surreal, hilarious comedy. 4 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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