Genre: Indie Comedy
Directed by: Paul Dinello
Starring: Amy Sedaris, Greg Hollimon, Stephen Colbert
Cameo appearances: Everyone and their mother
I have never seen an episode of the Strangers with Candy TV series, nor am I familiar with Paul Dinello or Stephen Colbert. However, I have seen Amy Sedaris on the Late Show with David Letterman several times , and I think she is a fun bumpy ride. I laughed my ass off each time. Click below for clips.
In the movie Jerri Banks, played by Amy Sedaris, physically reminds me of a Tracy Ullman character, and the storyline brought flashbacks of Drew Berrymore in Never Been Kissed. But here’s where they differ. Whether fugly or twisted, every Tracy Ullman character is endearing. And Drew Berrymore is always likeable, even when she married Tom Green. This Jerri character is not likeable in the least, in looks or behavior. Maybe it was poor comic timing, no on-screen chemistry or lack of a soundtrack. I don’t know. I don’t want to spend too much time thinking this one through. Even with cameo appearances by Philip Seymour Hoffman, Allison Janney and Mr. & Mrs. Sarah and Matthew Jessica Parker, I just didn’t like the movie. There—I said it.
To Colbert and Sedaris fans, I apologize. I just didn’t get it. Especially the story of a Dad in a coma and the 40-something year old daughter going back to high school. From the limited things I’ve read about Strangers with Candy, I was anticipating a balls out comedy about a middle-aged woman who hooks while high on crack, and ends up in prison befriended by a beefy inter-racial lesbian couple named Aquanetta and Letty. That’s what I was hoping for.
If you have comments comparing the TV series with this feature film, please share your thoughts.
Watch the trailer