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Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy (1996)

R | | Comedy | 19 April 1996 (USA)
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A pharmaceutical scientist creates a pill that makes people remember their happiest memory, and although it's successful, it has unfortunate side effects.

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Kelly Makin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dave Foley ... Marv / Psychiatrist / New guy / Raymond Hurdicure
Bruce McCulloch ... Alice / Cisco / Grivo / Worm pill scientist / Cop #2 / Cancer boy / White-trash man
Kevin McDonald ... Dr. Chris Cooper / Doreen / Chris' dad / Lacey
Mark McKinney ... Simon / Don Roritor / Cabbie / Gunther / Cop #1 / Nina Bedford / Melanie / Drill sergeant / White-trash woman
Scott Thompson ... Baxter / Mrs. Hurdicure / Wally Terzinsky / Malek / Big Stummies scientist / The Queen / Raj / Clemptor
Kathryn Greenwood ... Ginny Hurdicure
Amy Smith Amy Smith ... Raymond's kid
Lachlan Murdoch ... Raymond's kid
Nicole de Boer ... Cooper's groupie
Krista Bridges ... Cooper's groupie
Christopher Redman ... Wally Jr.
Erica Fairfield Erica Fairfield ... Wally's daughter (as Erica Lancaster)
Jackie Harris Greenberg ... Natalie (Roritor's secretary) (as Jackie Harris)
Jonathan Wilson ... Panicky assistant
Tony Ning Tony Ning ... Mai Tai waiter
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Storyline

A team of scientists working for a pharmaceutical company discovers a cure for depression. When the company finds itself in trouble financially, they rush the new drug into production without doing enough testing. Things seem to go fine until some of the users of the drug start slipping into comas. It becomes a race between the scientists who want to tell the world the truth and the company's marketing department who wants to protect their profit margin. Written by Jeff Stanley

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Shove this up your mind

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexual humor | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brain Candy See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$770,280, 14 April 1996

Gross USA:

$2,654,308

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,654,308
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Janeane Garofalo: guest at party See more »

Goofs

When the two workmen roll the carpet into a tube, it is obviously lopsided, accumulating on the left hand side of the screen. In the next shot, the carpet is perfectly even. See more »

Quotes

Raymond Hurdicure: So I hear dad's dead. Hey, is that egg nog?
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Crazy Credits

After the credits, Mother Hurdicure is distressed over her grandson flying away with the balloons she gave him, and is queried by the boy's mother as to his whereabouts. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Kids in the Hall originally filmed a different ending to the film where Dr. Chris Cooper (played by 'Kevin McDonald') fell into a coma and dreamed the ending. Apparently this included "an elaborate parade, complete with Coma Queens, candy-coloured floats, and a grinning mob", but unfortunately it scored poorly with test audiences. Paramount and the Kids re-evaluated the ending and agreed it lacked dramatic-weight and was "too scattered". They re-shot the ending in January. See more »

Connections

Followed by Kids in the Hall: Same Guys, New Dresses (2001) See more »

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Unexpected delight
18 January 2004 | by Gareth_HackingSee all my reviews

Having only ever seen one episode of 'Kids in the Hall' in my life and having only a vague idea about the group (Canadian Monty Python being the easy comparison), I think it's fair to say that I came the film as somewhat ignorant when it came to all things 'Kids'.

I have to say that I was able to enjoy the film for what it was, rather than have any expectations of what it could be. What interested me most of all was it's darkness, something a lot closer to League of Gentlemen territory rather than Monty Python.

On an alternate note does anyone else notice a similarity between Don Roritor and Doctor Evil?


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