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Strangers With Candy

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Source: Catholic News Service

Vulgar farce based on the Comedy Central television series about a 47-year-old misfit (Amy Sedaris) recently released from prison who tries to reform her life by going back to high school, where she competes in a science fair with some nerdy students against a team of popular kids. With wit at a premium amid the coarseness, the pressing question is how director Paul Dinello's puerile school satire attracted a cast that includes Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker, Allison Janney, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ian Holm. Pervasive crude and sexual humor and sight gags, including inappropriate sexual situations involving an adult and teens, brief partial female nudity, an obscene drawing, drug content involving minors, a running homosexual gag, recurring crude language and profanity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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