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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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Storyline

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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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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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28 April 2006 (USA)  »

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Gorki slatkiš  »

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Budget:

$950,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

£1,728,022 (UK) (7 July 2006)
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Despite the intense emotional and physical content of most rest of the movie, Ellen Page said that one of the hardest scenes to shoot by far was the scene at Nighthawks, where for take after take she had to eat more tiramisu than she could ever want. 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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Hayley Stark: Mmm. This is soo good. I want more.
Jeff Kohlver: Don't get greedy.
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2 April 2006 | by (Orlando, FL) – See all my reviews

I saw the trailer for Hard Candy when I went to see Hostel (which sucked, but we'll not get into that). I was immediately drawn to it. It's suppose to come out April 14th but it came through with the Central Florida Film Festival two weeks early. I could have waited and paid less and got a better seat, but oh my god, even with a crap view I was blown away.

The cinematography was masterful, the acting was spectacular, the dialogue was a little awkward in pints but never really faltered, and the plot! You would think a movie consisting of 2 characters in a house would have it moments of tediousness, but not at all. So many psychological thrills it will set your mind a boggling.


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