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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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Taglines:

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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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 »

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[after being brought home by the police]
Wally: There's a perfectly reasonable explanation for this.
Wally's wife: Please don't.
Wally: Well, I was out driving. 'Cause you know how much I love driving. When suddenly, I had to take the *biggest pee in the world*! So I went to this washroom...
[Wally's family goes inside and locks him out]
Wally: ...but it was full of those *types*! You know. QUEERS and QUEENIES and...
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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 »

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Finally on DVD!
31 July 2002 | by InzyWimzySee all my reviews

KITH's full feature film!! It's our five favorite clearly insane guys from up north. What else can you ask for?

First, the story does NOT have your typical happy bears skipping, nutty bunnies frolicking kind of ending. The concept of pharmaceutical drugs being able to make life a better place is very thought provoking. Think about how we rely on drugs to treat colds, headaches...of course, we can discuss society's views on 'other' drugs, but that's a different monologue onto itself!!

Anyhoo, the origin of the drug's name is hilarious!! I have to admit, the Kids really spoof the corporate world well. Bruce and Mark really play their eccentric characters to a "T". RED SOCKS, repeat, RED SOCKS!! Although limited, Dave does a great job playing the straight man ("I don't understand German"). Kev is his manic awesome self and Scott's best role is probably that of closet case Wally.

I haven't even touched upon Grivo, the cabbie or any of the other characters in the film. Don't forget about Bellini! PLUS cameos too! KUDOS to the guys for not caving in and taking out C.B. (for those who haven't seen it, I don't want to spoil it) from the film due to pressure from the P.C. laden bigwig movie execs. I also enjoyed the moral (twisted though it is true) of the movie and there is a lot of subtle humor...just a tad darker than their TV series.

The last time i saw this was probably 1996. Watching it again on DVD makes me really appreciate (and miss) the guys' film. Sure, it may not have done great in the box office or achieved the big bucks. Usually, I tend to avoid mainstream blockbuster poo, so Brain Candy is definitely cult material. But then again, aren't Kids in the Hall?

*Sadly, the DVD is bare bones with the movie in widescreen format, chapter search and audio/subtitle. It's really great to just have this gem in my collection. Hey, I recently heard that KITH were discussing doing another feature film.

Hmmm....


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