Strangers With Candy
as part of Cafe Inquiry's Skeptic SINema Series
Wednesday, August 28 at 7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 7 p.m.)
Join us for popcorn and a FREE MOVIE in the Steve Allen Theater! For the next several months, Cafe Inquiry will be your host for major motion pictures with a secular, skeptical, or topical bent, followed by discussion. You'll be entertained and challenged--and maybe you'll learn a little something about film history, too! Ed Rampell, film critic/historian and author of Progressive Hollywood: A People's Film History of the United States, will introduce the films and lead discussion afterward.
This month's film:
Strangers With Candy
Meet Jerri Blank, a 46 year old high school dropout. In her own words, "I was a boozer, a user, and a loser--but now I'm back in school, and picking my life up exactly where I left off!"
Erm, congratulations? Anyway, that's the premise of this offbeat, twisted little comedy created and written by Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert, and Paul Dinello, which serves as prequel to their cult Comedy Central show. While adjusting to her new old life as a high school freshman, Jerri signs up for the Science Fair in hopes of reviving her comatose father. Science Fair is of course a glittery choreographed extravaganza, and the rival team has brought in a ringer (Matthew Broderick, who promises to provide plenty of "pizazz!").
Film critic/historian Ed Rampell will introduce the movie and lead a post-screening discussion.
Director: Paul Dinello
Writers: Stephen Colbert, Paul Dinello, Amy Sedaris, Mitch Rouse
Starring: Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert, Paul Dinello, Greg Hollimon, Deborah Rush, Dan Hedaya, Maria Thayer, with guest appearances by Ian Holm, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Allison Janney, Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker
Running time: 97 mins.
Intro, film screening: 7:30 - 9:30pm
Discussion: 9:30 - ~10:15pm
Cafe Inquiry is our monthly casual get-together where you can have a coffee and chat with other people on various topics of science and religion. A guest speaker opens the discussion with a brief intro to the subject and then the floor is open in the theater lobby. On film nights, the theater will be used. All are welcome!
Free admission • Plenty of parking • Bookstore open
Donations to help keep this program running are much appreciated.
Held in the Steve Allen Theater & lobby at CFI-L.A.
(No Host Event -- CFI events and lectures are posted here just to let you know they are happening -- but you definitely may see other Meetup members there, so check the RSVP list before you come if you want to keep an eye out for familiar faces!)