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Pretty Persuasion (2005)

A 15-year-old girl incites chaos among her friends and a media frenzy when she accuses her drama teacher of sexual harassment.

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Manipulative high school sophomore Kimberly Joyce leads her friends Brittany Wells and Randa Azzouni in bringing charges of sexual assault against Percy Anderson, their English and drama teacher at an exclusive private school in Beverly Hills. Meanwhile, local reporter Emily Klein, originally assigned to do an insignificant piece on the school, hopes that the scandal will launch her into celebrity in the television news business, while Kimberly's bigoted father, Hank, is concerned primarily with the effect that his daughter's accusations may have on his business. Written by Anonymous

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Evil comes in a school uniform. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for strong sexual content and graphic dialogue involving teens, and language | See all certifications »

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25 May 2006 (South Africa)  »

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High School Confidential  »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$58,570 (USA) (12 August 2005)

Gross:

$305,688 (USA) (28 October 2005)
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The film achieved brief exposure on the Internet after a short lesbian scene was leaked. See more »

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Kimberly Joyce: Stay away from Kenny the arms dealer. It's kids like him that give this great nation of ours a bad name.
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References To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) See more »

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Written by Lou Reed
Performed by The Velvet Underground
Published by Screen Gems/EMI Ltd. a/c Oakfield Avenue Music Ltd.
Courtesy of Universal Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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I expected a good film. I received more.
23 November 2007 | by (Ronn Ives/FUTURES Antiques, Norfolk, VA.) – See all my reviews

I've liked every effort I've seen by young actress Evan Rachel Wood ("13" being a stellar example, and "Missing" being another). This is no exception. "Pretty Persuasion" is akin to "Election" (Reese Witherspoon) for the first half, with a dark, witty sense of humor about high school aged people playing mental "chess" with each other, their teachers, and parents. Slowly the story morphs darker, into something like "To Die For" (Nicole Kidman), with a media-made, fame-driven main character willing to do whatever it takes to reach a twisted idea of recognition and advancement. THIS would be enough for the film to be interesting and well done within its own right, but then it goes further. Further. This film is billed as a comedy. If it is, it is not for long… a) if you watch the entire thing, and b) you pay attention. I was expecting a good film. I received even more.


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