Strangers with Candy and Stephen Colbert
Over the weekend, I saw Strangers with Candy, the movie based on the cult tv series of the same name. It was written by Stephen Colbert, Amy Sedaris, and Paul Dinello. It was crude, rude –and I have to say, very funny. Two things:
1. I once thought that conservative Catholic apologists (e.g., Amy Welborn) would be reasonable in thinking Stephen Colbert thinks like them. I no longer think that is the case. Here’s the NCCB review of the movie ,which it rated “O” for morally offensive. Personally, I think the review misses the “spoof” element of the movie.
2. You know you’re middle-aged when the entertainment industry starts making reference to, and making fun of, things that you experienced as a child . Here’s what the Wikipedia article says about the series:
“The series was first envisioned by Dinello and Colbert, both of whom had seen a public service “Scared Straight”-type film called The Trip Back, in which motivational speaker Florrie Fisher recalled her days as a New York street whore to a group of high school students. Seeing that Fisher strongly resembled their friend Amy Sedaris, they showed her a copy of the tape, and suitably impressed with Sedaris’ imitation of Fisher, began developing a series based around the idea of Fisher going back to high school herself. The three, along with Mitch Rouse, combined this concept with lampooning the after school specials they had all been subjected to in high school along with the short-lived mid-nineties teen series “My So-Called Life.”"
So the proper way of interpreting Strangers with Candy is getting back at all those people who subjected us to moralizing after-school specials that interrupted our daily mindless routine of television. I expect that thirty years from now, the corresponding generation of middle aged people will be making fun of something else.