While some might revel in their high school glory days, most of us are still squirming from the endless adolescent humiliations that accompanied us down those hallways. Fans of the defunct cult TV show Strangers with Candy are sure to flock to the feature-length revival in the hopes of seeing the great Amy Sedaris resuscitate her most ghoulish creation--Jerri Blank, an ex-junkie and ex-prostitute returned to school to get back her lost years and disgust the bulk of her classmates in the process.
Jerri is so repulsive she's almost, but not quite, lovable. She's a middle-aged loser with an unfortunate overbite and a total lack of fashion know-how who has the same self-confident spunk of Napoleon Dynamite--in others words, the geek who thinks she's a queen. Written by Sedaris, Stephen Colbert and Paul Dinello, who also directed, this prequel doesn't take it much further than the expected offbeat grossness, strident political incorrectness and moments of pleasing--if uncomfortable--weirdness.