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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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The devil wears a grey skirt and her name is Kimberly Joyce. 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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$2,500,000 (estimated)

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

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$305,688 (USA) (28 October 2005)
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Evan Rachel Wood has said that she based Kimberly Joyce on a girl at her high school who "stabbed you in the back with a smile on [her] face..." See more »

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Mr. Anderson: Kimberly Joyce, you have the face of an angel. Throw in a ripe, little pubescent body - the devil wears a gray skirt, my friend.
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References Beaches (1988) 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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Pretty good for a high school movie ...
27 August 2007 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

This move represents the type of movie genre I hate - no, loath. But it's actually pretty good. The story is not as straightforward as one would expect. This movie definitely has a twist and is not your average soap opera.

My girl friend was watching it on her PC and it caught my attention - something that rarely happens in the middle of a movie. The story arc makes you want to know more, and the end does not disappoint. It does not unfold slowly and it leaves a lot of room for speculation. You still won't expect this. The role of Kimberly makes sure you don't get bored while waiting for the conclusion.

If I actually find a high school movie entertaining, you should probably watch it. It doesn't even have any sci-fi gadgets or serious gore. ;-) A good story is all it takes, but lately this is a rare thing, unfortunately. Thumbs up for this movie getting it right!


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