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Cafe Inquiry's Skeptic SINema Series -- Strangers With Candy

  • Aug 28, 2013 · 7:00 PM
  • CFI-LA

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!)


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  • Stu

    Lots of laughs, thank you to film committee.

    August 29, 2013

  • Gary B.

    Interesting movie plus post-discussion about related movie and TV trivia. I enjoyed it and will go back.

    August 28, 2013

  • Alice P.

    Hey people! Feel free to BYOB tonight, this is a good movie for it if you drink. (CFI does not have a license to serve alcohol.)

    2 · August 28, 2013

  • Gary H

    Candy with morals...
    I guess these are the skeptical moments for free thinkers. a collection of moral statements... Strangers with Candy - Morals

    Every moral from Strangers with Candy, IN ORDER! There was one in every episode (usually around the 20 min mark) except for the first part of "Blank Stare". So enjoy all 29 of the hilariously twisted morals!

    August 28, 2013

  • Gary H

    Beer? Seriously. Does CFI have a license to serve alcohol?
    - Gary

    August 27, 2013

    • Stacy

      CFI won't be selling alcohol at the screening. "Egg in your beer" is an expression.

      (CFI sometimes serves alcohol and the Steve Allen Theater does it all the time. I believe they use temporary liquor licenses.)

      August 27, 2013

  • Gary H

    This is the Netflix description.
    Strangers with Candy2005R91 minutes

    At 46, plucky ex-con Jerri Blank brushes the prison dust off her synthetic slacks to brave the halls of Flatpoint High, doing her best to survive "adolescence" with support from an unambiguously gay art teacher and his closeted colleague.

    August 27, 2013

    • Stacy

      Thank you, Gary, for sharing the Netflix description with us. Probably not a good idea to get your idea of films from brief summaries. Especially summaries from Netflix: theirs are godawful.

      I've seen the film. The description is incorrect. The "closeted colleague" is Jerri's antagonist, not her supporter.

      If you'd like to see the film for yourself, please join us on Wednesday night. If you'd rather not see the film, I hope you have a pleasant evening, whatever you do!

      August 27, 2013

    • Gary H

      Well, I'm not surprised that a Netflix summary is awful. I've seen some clips from some episodes. - Gary

      August 27, 2013

  • malcolm

    I am not sure why this is a skeptics meeting, although it may be fun. Malcolm

    August 26, 2013

    • Gary H

      In what way? Is that a major theme in the film? Or just a few comic lines? I watched the trailer. Looked like a silly made for TV audience film to me?

      August 27, 2013

    • Stacy

      It's the main driver of the plot.

      August 27, 2013

  • Stacy

    Amy Sedaris. Stephen Colbert. Deborah Rush. With guest appearances by Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ian Holm, and Allison Janney.

    What do you want, egg in your beer?

    August 25, 2013

    • Stu

      If some beer magically appears, is there a fridge upstairs to keep it cold in?

      1 · August 26, 2013

    • Stacy

      Why yes, good Sir. Yes, there is.

      1 · August 27, 2013

  • Stu

    So.... if this is upstairs, will there be popcorn?

    August 24, 2013

    • Stacy


      2 · August 25, 2013

  • Gary H

    I'll pass. I've checked out the film. It has no interest for me. Not the kind of humor or sit-com style that gets much of a laugh out of me. - Gary

    August 21, 2013

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