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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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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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$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$58,570, 14 August 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$305,688, 30 October 2005
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2.35 : 1
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Christopher Meloni's character of Russel, Emily's editor/boss was cut from the film. He still receives a 'special thanks' credit. See more »

Quotes

Headmaster: We will not tolerate racial slurs at Roxberry. You can use them at any other time - at home, at the mall, at rock and roll concerts.
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References South Park (1997) See more »

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Stiffed
Written by Carvin Knowles
Performed by The SEX-O-RAMA Band
Published by Oglio Music
Administered by The Bicycle Music Company
Courtesy of The Oglio Entertainment Group, Inc.
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A great film
26 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

On a lot of occasions,scandalizing is the last desperate resource of a filmmaker who tries to provoke interest with a provocative subject.But,Pretty Persuasion is one of the little few cases which do not scandalize in a forced way.This is an excellent movie which brings a very important message about the modern culture and,at the same time,it's enormously entertaining,funny and,of course,scandalizing.Although it has offensive moments,I think Pretty Persuasion must be analyzed as a very black comedy which laughs of many stereotypes of the modern North American culture.As any other great satire,it's impossible to deny that the movie hides a lot of truths of the modern life in the brilliant screenplay.The things the main character thinks are thought by a lot of people,but they try to hide them for shame.Pretty Persuasion works on many levels and it has grey characters;nobody is completely innocent or completely guilty.By my point of view,they are all victims of the circumstances,of their education and of their instincts.Or simply,they are all manipulating,liar and badly intentioned people.The only fail I found on this movie is that it's a little bit pretentious on some moments.The performances are extraordinary.Evan Rachel Wood shows her excellent performance in Thirteen was not a chance and that she's one of the most talented young actresses nowadays.I have to admit that I found her performance in this movie better than Natalie Portman in Closer and Reese Witherspoon in Election.Ron Livingston brings a perfect performance.The great James Woods shows an enormous enthusiasm with his character.In spite of some minor fails,Pretty Persuasion is a brilliant movie which is not afraid in scandalizing with the porpoise of bringing valid and very important messages.I liked this movie pretty much.


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