Big Laughs on Deck for Enzian

by Matthew Curtis
July 12, 2007 6:05 AM
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A cool breeze of uproarious comedy is coming to Enzian soon to give some relief to this sweltering summer heat. The Sundance Channel/Cult Classics Film Series, held on the final Tuesday of every month, proudly presents two of the best comedies from the 80's and 90's for its July and August selections.

"Hey dude, let's party." On July 31, we've got Amy Heckerling's incredibly entertaining, totally wacked adaptation of Cameron Crowe's "insider" novel (and screenplay), FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (1982). An amazing cast of young stars--Sean Penn, Phoebe Cates, Jennifer Jason-Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Forest Whitaker, Eric Stoltz, and Anthony Edwards--and one old one (Ray Walston of TV's "My Favorite Martian") make this year of sex and drugs and rock and roll in a California high school one of the true cult classics.

KIDS IN THE HALL: BRAIN CANDY (1996), playing August 28, was the big-screen debut of Canada's second greatest comedy troupe (sue me--I love SCTV). A brilliant satire of 90's America, the film follows an unscrupulous pharmaceutical company that develops a happiness drug and unleashes it on an unsuspecting public. The elderly, drugs, the handicapped, MTV, grunge, gays--no one and nothing goes unscathed in this demented comedy from the minds of Scott Thompson, Dave Foley, Bruce McCullough, Kevin McDonald, and Mark McKinney. And of course, they all play multiple roles (many in a dress), just like they did on TV.

So mark your calendars, come have some frosty brews, and prepare to laugh your ass off.

--Matthew

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