Review: Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy (1996)

(Note: this capsule review is part of my farewell to the Netflix DVD service. #GetThroughMyQueue)

This is one of those films I’ve been meaning to catch for ages… likely since it came out. And I’m thinking some of it has not aged so well since then — though the main plot of a pharmaceutical company being more than a little unscrupulous in trying to mass distribute a happiness pill with disastrous side effects is still quite topical.

The humor’s also wonderfully bone dry at times, especially with the Pharma CEO who’s clearly a version of producer, Lorne Michaels. But overall, the pacing needs to be a bit peppier. Even the brief appearance of Nicole de Boer, pre-Cube and DS9, plus cameos from Brendan Fraser and Jeanane Garofolo don’t help too much.

I’m sure if I was just coming off a Kids in the Hall binge watch or in a crowded, appreciative audience, I’d rate it higher, but two and half out of 5 stars.

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