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Hard Candy (2005)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  28 April 2006 (USA)
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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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Janelle Rogers (as Jennifer Holmes)
Nighthawks Clerk (as Gilbert John)


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Strangers shouldn't talk to little girls.


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

28 April 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gorki slatkiš  »

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Box Office


$950,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$58,049 (USA) (14 April 2006)


£1,728,022 (UK) (7 July 2006)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sandra Oh's character was called Mrs. Tokuda in the script. When she arrived on the set, Oh said "I feel like a Judy Tokuda," which the director loved. However, the name had been made up on the spot and could not be cleared by the legal department, so the executive on the set asked for one take where she refers to herself Mrs. Tokuda. Oh didn't want to do the take, but finally relented on the condition that she would only have to do one take. However, she intentionally delivered the line "Tell him Mrs. Tokuda says Hi." in a ridiculous Midwestern accent, making the take unusable. The name Judy Tokuda eventually presented no clearance problems. See more »


Jeff's facial hair is noticeably thicker in the opening coffee shop scene than it is later in the day. See more »


[first lines]
Hayley Stark: Mmm. This is soo good. I want more.
Jeff Kohlver: Don't get greedy.
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Elephant Woman
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Composed by Blonde Redhead
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31 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this at a late night screening at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and of the 35 films I saw there I would rank this #4. for about the first 10 minutes I didn't know if I was going to like it or where it was going to go but man once this roller-coaster starts moving it's a psychological thriller. Great stylized look to this film too. The acting and story is intense and you can't avert your eyes from the screen even though there are times where you think you might have to. I like movies that have the feel of a stage play and the emotional volleyball between the two principal actors is amazing. A little far-fetched but so what. This is a good movie. I give it a 8.5 out of a possible 10 and would recommend this film.

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