The movie is based on the infamous "Stanford Prison Experiment" conducted in 1971. A makeshift prison is set up in a research lab, complete with cells, bars and surveillance cameras. For ... See full summary »
A veteran high school teacher befriends a younger art teacher, who is having an affair with one of her 15-year-old students. However, her intentions with this new "friend" also go well beyond platonic friendship.
Kevin's mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly vicious things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined.
A ballet dancer wins the lead in "Swan Lake" and is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan - Princess Odette - but slowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more like Odile, the Black Swan.
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
The parking structure scene was shot on the roof of the garage that serves the Arclight Cinemas Hollywood theater complex. When the film was shown in that theater, many patrons were technically watching the scene unfold in the same spaces where their cars were parked. See more »
When Jeff is struggling to get the bonds off when he is on the castration table, his hands and wrists are all red and there are heavy red marks all over his wrists. When Jeff confronts Hayley and he falls down (on the roof), his wrists are completely clean and no marks are seen at all. See more »
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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