"Awful - terrible - dreadful - stupid - idiotic - unfunny - laboured - forced - painful - bad."
So spake the since-deceased Roger Ebert when Brain Candy, Kids in the Hall's putative entry into movie-stardom was released in 1996.
"Scott (Thompson) still dines out on that review in his one-man shows," says Bruce McCulloch, whose brainstorm it was to have the Kids (Thompson, McCulloch, Dave Foley, Mark McKinney and Kevin McDonald) do a live table reading of the film Tuesday at Toronto's Queen Elizabeth Theatre. It's part of Sketch Festival, a roundup of top sketch comedy troupes from around the country.
As it happens, Ebert's then on-air partner Gene Siskel had it right. He liked the movie - about a pharmaceutical company marketing a seriously-flawed "happy pill" called GLeeMONEX) - and predicted it would have legs as a cult film on the midnight madness circuit. It's a film I always feel compelled to watch when I run across it, channel-surfing.( Read moreCollapse )Source