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Kids In The Hall: Brain Candy

review by Zach B.

 

 

Rated: R (For Language and Sexual Humor)

Running Time: 88 minutes

Starring: Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald

Written by: Norm Hiscock & Bruce McCulloch & Kevin McDonald & Mark McKinney & Scott Thompson

Directed by: Kelly Makin

 

Studio: Paramount

Retail Price: $24.99

Features: None

Specs: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Surround, French Stereo, English Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Scene Selections (12 Scenes)

Released: July 16th, 2002

 

 

The world will never be the same after the debut of Gleemonex, a happiness drug from a crazy scientist working for a pharmaceutical company named Chris Cooper (Kevin McDonald). However, the drug didn't go through enough proper testing as the company wanted to rush it out to save their shirts financially. While everything starts out okay, uses of Gleemonex begin to fall into comas. However, can Cooper stop the company's marketing part and get the drug off the market?

I'm not sure how many of you out there are familiar with the show "Kids In The Hall" (though I imagine it's a lot of you), but I'm a pretty giant fan of the comedy troupe from the Great White North and their antics. I've seen a good deal of the show episodes, and there's no doubt about it that the performers are great comedic actors and are strong comedic writers. While the "Kids In The Hall" show ended in 1994, they all reunited to come up with a feature length flick about two years later. The film didn't break box office records or anything, but critical opinions were pretty mixed upon fans of the show.

I enjoyed "Brain Candy" personally for a number of different reasons. I don't think it's perfect, but it is certainly entertaining and has a lot of great, hilarious and laugh-out-loud moments. I think there could have been some additional substance to the flick, but it definently captures the spirit of the show nicely (especially with your guys in drag!). Fans of the show will also recognize some characters, but in all there is a lot of funny going on with just plain weird, wacky and random. The performances from our performers and writers are also excellent, as a lot of them do play multiple roles throughout the film. You can tell they had a lot of fun making the movie. It's one of those movies you can't take seriously. It's not for everyone, but there probably is at least one crazy joke that someone will like. It's very sharply written, satirical even and well acted.

It would probably be easy to compare "Kids In The Hall" to "Saturday Night Live" in ways comedy go, how this is a feature length spin-off and Lorne Michaels masterminded their breakouts, but I think people should be careful to keep them seperates. Yes it's a spin-off movie, but it's different from your run-of-the-mill SNL flick, even if it was done around the same time those were taken less seriously (and it's been like that ever since). Kelly Makin helmed the feature, and does a nice job with a fine sense of pacing, doesn't take the plotting way too seriously and adds some very nice visual flair to the movie. In all, "Kids In The Hall: Brain Candy," isn't a perfect comedy, but it definently is a very fun one that should please the casual viewer and die-hards of the show.

 

The 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen is not perfect, but pretty outstanding. Yes, it's slightly soft and perhaps a tad grainy at times, but this is a quality transfer. Colors are detailed and are pretty well saturated too. Detail is nicely done, and black levels as well as shadow detail is also pretty well done. There are some little flaws on the print like your dirt and blemishes, and noise as well as a good deal of shimmering is there too. Still, it's fine for what it is and in all, it's pretty attractive in its visual.

 

The English Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is simplistic, but effective nonetheless. The surrounds are pretty plentiful, be it the opening concert moments, the effect Gleemonex takes through its users (as it goes through the body and into the brain), doors closing, people walking, city streets and the more action oritened, hectic scenes. The musical score and songs are well mixed throughout the channel, all with appropriate .1 LFE use. Dialogue is really crisp and quite clear, and everything is balanced quite nicely for a pretty submersive effect. French Stereo and English Dolby Surround tracks are also included, plus English subtitles and English closed captions.

 

Nothing. No trailer or interviews or background on "Kids In The Hall" or anything. I would have loved a commentary with the cast and/or with Kelly Makin (who actually a did a commentary track for "Mickey Blue Eyes"). Oh well.

 

The "Kids In The Hall" flick should be enjoyed by its fans, even if some weren't incredibly keen on it when the film originally debuted. However, I'm glad it's now finally on DVD. Die-hards shold pick it up, otherwise, a rental should satisfy. I just find it somewhat heartbreaking that are no supplements to be found on the disc.