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Hard Candy (2005)

 -  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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Hayley wears a red hooded coat in the final scene. Ellen Page wore an identical coat in Juno (2007), which could be a reference to this film. Some also see the similarity in that there's a scene where Juno nearly hangs herself, just like Hayley tries to get Jeff to do in this film. See more »

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While Jeff is tied to the table you can clearly see the padding in his socks where the ropes are tied. See more »

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[first lines]
Hayley Stark: Mmm. This is soo good. I want more.
Jeff Kohlver: Don't get greedy.
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Great acting and film making!
12 May 2005 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

I was lucky enough to be in one of the first test audiences for this film in Los Angeles. Knowing nothing about the film except that it's being described as suspense/horror, and stars Patrick Wilson and a 14 year old girl, I went in expecting another bad to mediocre slash film. I couldn't have been more wrong!

Hard Candy is an intense psychological drama, with incredible performances by both Ellen Page and Patrick Wilson. The two actors are practically the only two people with lines in the film, aside from some brief appearances by Sandra Oh and Jennifer Holmes. Thusfar I have only seen Wilson in The Alamo and Phantom of the Opera, but I was blown away with how he handled this performance. The slow, suspenseful film is set mainly in the Los Angeles home of photographer Jeff, a 32 year old man whom Hayley, a mature 14 year old girl who met him online, suspects to be a pedophile. The pacing was steady, and phenomenal - after a brief exposition we get into the real suspense about 20 minutes into the film, and it doesn't let up from there. The cinematography and camera work went excellently with the film. Rather than being extremely gory, the adult themes of the film lead to a more psychological creepiness. There are also questions that remain unanswered until the end of the film, when everything is wrapped up nicely - leaving you puzzled to the true identities and motives of the characters throughout most of the duration.

Horror films are not my cup of tea, but psychological drama is. An early fall release date has been rumored, and I can only hope this movie doesn't get lost in the shuffle between summer blockbusters and Oscar season. I also hope Lion's Gate markets this film for what it is, and doesn't try to aim for fans of slash, or a teen crowd.


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