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Hard Candy (2005)

 -  Drama | Thriller  -  12 May 2006 (Spain)
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A teenage girl raids a man's home, suspecting he is a pedophile, in order to expose him.

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After three weeks of chatting with the thirty-two year old photographer Jeff Kohlver over the Internet, fourteen year old Hayley Stark meets him in the Nighthawks coffee shop. Hayley flirts with him in spite of the age difference and proposes to go to his house. Once there, she prepares a screwdriver for them and Jeff passes out. When he awakes, he is tied up to a chair, and Hayley accuses him of pedophilia. Jeff denies the accusation, and Hayley begins to torture him in a cat and mouse game. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Strangers shouldn't talk to little girls.

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Rated R for disturbing violent and aberrant sexual content involving a teen, and for language | See all certifications »

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$950,000 (estimated)

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£527,910 (UK) (16 June 2006)

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£1,728,022 (UK) (7 July 2006)
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[first lines]
Hayley Stark: Mmm. This is soo good. I want more.
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dire and dull, in a word: excruciating
5 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

HARD CANDY is a movie with a couple of excellent actors in the two lead roles and some nice photography...

it goes without saying the script was all about exploitation, but it is utterly without nuance or cleverness of any kind.

as is all too often the case with poorly developed and underfunded indie movies, this story (and the audience) would have been better served with a 20- to 30-minute short, rather than a feature-length mess. unfortunately, the director wanted to add a 'feature' to his credits, so the dialogue revolves around woefully tedious mechanisms to s-t-r-e-t-c-h the narrative to 85+ minutes...

if ellen page weren't such a brilliant actor, the entire audience probably would have left. as it is, we just felt her heroic efforts were wasted on a singularly unworthy enterprise.

hopefully there won't be any more 'features' from this director in the future.


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