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Hard Candy (2005)

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A teenage girl raids a man's home in order to expose him under suspicion that he is a sex offender with pedophilia.



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Complete credited cast:
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)


$1,007,962 (USA) (2 June 2006)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The stunt coordinator's house served as the exterior for Jeff's house. The interiors of Jeff's house were inspired by that of producer David Higgins, who planned to shoot the film there if enough money could not be secured to build sets. See more »


When Hayley and Jeff are struggling on the roof in the final scene, the roof appears to be reflecting mid-afternoon sunlight but moments later Jeff is in silhouette against the sunset. See more »


[first lines]
Hayley Stark: Mmm. This is soo good. I want more.
Jeff Kohlver: Don't get greedy.
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Written and Produced by Mark Bell
Performed by LFO
Published by Warp Music
Courtesy of Warp Records
Used by Permission of EMI Virgin Music, Inc.
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User Reviews

Excellent movie, but be aware it may be disturbing by the subject of it.
18 October 2005 | by (Barcelona, Spain) – See all my reviews

This is a film about a girl of 14 years old and a 32 years old guy. It is a movie about Hayley (more than excellent Ellen Page) and Jeff, about pedophilia and about how a pedophile must feel. Or maybe it is only a history of vengeance. You won't know until the end of the film. It sure is a difficult subject for a movie, but the script is excellently profiled in the psychological horror and does not turn to be obscene or anything than can visually or verbally hurt the sensibility of anyone. It is more like disturbing to hear a teenage girl speak how she does, and it is fascinating how your feelings will go from one character to the other during the movie until you realize that no matter what the end is, everyone is guilty of something and it is not to us, humans, to decide what bad actions can be justified by other bad actions.

Try on it, and be open-minded.

Sorry about any orthographic mistake, I'm not used to English writing.

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