brain candy

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brain candy (uncountable)

  1. (idiomatic) A narrative, commentary, etc. which amuses and holds one's attention, but which lacks intellectual depth or importance.
    • 1982 Feb. 10, "Capsule Reviews," Daily Times (Ohio, USA), p. 16 (retrieved 2 Oct 2012):
      Venom is spine-tingling brain candy about a deadly snake on the loose in a London townhouse during a kidnapping attempt.
    • 1992 Feb. 19, Ron Alexander, "Metropolitan Diary," New York Times (retrieved 2 Oct 2012):
      After years of chewing on murder mysteries as my form of “brain candy,” I thought I'd sample westerns for a change of pace.
    • 2003 June 9, Bryan Walsh, "Movies: Enter The Animatrix," Time:
      Matriculated, my favorite, is written and directed by Peter Chung. . . . The result is electric-Kool-Aid brain candy, with a twist of unexpected pathos.

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  • Often used to denote motion pictures which provide light, undemanding entertainment.

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