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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?


Ellen Page's initial audition was off-putting for director and producers because she had shaved her head for her previous film role, Mouth to Mouth (2005). At first, she was even mistaken for a boy. The effect of her haircut was countered upon donning a wig, as she then gave a phenomenal reading. See more »


Hayley isn't seen changing the ice, yet the bag appears full when ever lifted without the bottom being dominated by melted ice (better known as water), also for as long as the ice had been sitting on his lap, you would think that there would be a distinct discoloration, but there isn't. See more »


[first lines]
Hayley Stark: Mmm. This is soo good. I want more.
Jeff Kohlver: Don't get greedy.
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Amazing performances
20 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw Hard Candy at the Angelika, in Tribeca New York and never have I been so shocked, surprised and utterly impressed with an acting performance. The storyline, though somewhat confusing was overpowered by the Oscar-winning performance given by Ellen Page, 14-year old Hayley. Though it could have wrapped up a little sooner (it was a bit longer than expected) I would highly recommend this to anyone who has buddies they talk to online, or anyone that generally enjoys suspenseful films. Not to be outdone by the young star, Patrick Wilson gave an excellent performance. The whole movie was a twisted roller coaster of not knowing who to believe. Whether young Hayley was telling the truth, or was she in fact just completely insane, you won't find out until the end, but either way, it was a knockout performance by both stars and a highly recommended film!

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