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Hard Candy (2005)

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User Rating: 7.1/10 (18,249 votes)
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David Slade
Writer (WGA):
Brian Nelson (written by)
Release Date:
14 April 2006 (USA) more view trailer
Drama / Thriller more
Strangers shouldn't talk to little girls.
Plot Outline:
A mature 14-year old girl meets a charming 32-year old photographer on the Internet. Suspecting that he is a pedophile, she goes to his home in an attempt to expose him. more
5 wins & 6 nominations more
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 (Complete credited cast)

Patrick Wilson ... Jeff Kohlver

Ellen Page ... Hayley Stark

Sandra Oh ... Judy Tokuda

Odessa Rae ... Janelle Rogers (as Jennifer Holmes)

Gilbert John ... Nighthawks Clerk
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Rated R for disturbing violent and aberrant sexual content involving a teen, and for language.
USA:103 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 more
Sound Mix:
DTS / Dolby Digital
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The opening scenes at Nighthawks was shot last, with the set of Jeff's house transformed into a coffee shop. The very last scene they shot for the film was the bit where Hailey goes into the bathroom and changes into the T-shirt. more
Miscellaneous: Hayley isn't seen changing the ice, yet the bag appears full when ever lifted without the bottom being dominated by melted ice (better known as water), also for as long as the ice had been sitting on his lap, you would think that there would be a distinct discoloration, but there isn't. more
Hayley Stark: I guess they, uh, weren't brass. more
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References Valley of the Dolls (1967) more
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77 out of 128 people found the following comment useful:-
worth seeing, 12 October 2005
Author: (akillmzeier@yahoo.com) from United States

I just screened this film at LGF last night. I was quite intrigued for the first forty minutes. Then it all kind of fell apart for me. In it's best moments this film explores the complexities of vengeance and psychology. It tries to be clever by pulling a role reversal -- but this eventually wears thin and the dialog becomes didactic and contrived. I still think it is worth seeing for the strength of the leads alone. Patrick Wilson does a fine job as a "suspected" pedophile. He elicits both sympathy and disgust. Ellen Page as the young girl is absolutely fantastic. Her performance is brilliant and even frightening at times. She's good even when the script can't match her talent. I look forward to seeing her in many films to come. Finally a young actress who is more than just a pretty face -- I'm so tired of the Natalie Portmans, the Hillary Duffs, and the Jessica Albas of the world. Good luck with your career Ms. Page.

All in all, Hard Candy is worth seeing. Maybe I'm just a sucker for movies with tiny casts and realtime pacing. But there are some genuinely suspenseful moments in the film, although in the hands of lesser actors these scenes would disintegrate. And though I was annoyed by the contrivances and implausibilities of the script, I found myself the next day thinking about some of the issues raised therein.

At times Hard Candy reminded me of Polanski's Death and the Maiden, though H.C. is nowhere near as good. Ellen Page's Haley character is similar to Sigourney Weaver's character in the Polanski film. Both women are terrifying through the cold precision of their revenge. The problem with the Haley character is that she would have to be supernatural to accomplish the things she does in this film. And of course if she was supernatural, we'd have a completely different film on our hands -- High Plains Drifter.

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Why do people hate Hayley's character so much? mutd91
Jeff is really God *Spoilers* iicraigmacii
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Jeff is not a pedophile Papiermensch
Similarities to Se7en . . . *spoilers!* mutd91
Making a action thriller adressing pedophilia... shuairan


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