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Pretty Persuasion (2005)

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A 15-year-old girl incites chaos among her friends and a media frenzy when she accuses her drama teacher of sexual harassment.

Director:

Marcos Siega

Writer:

Skander Halim
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Evan Rachel Wood ... Kimberly Joyce
David Wagner David Wagner ... Morgan (as David T. Wagner)
Brent Goldberg Brent Goldberg ... Rick
Adi Schnall ... Randa
Elisabeth Harnois ... Brittany
Stark Sands ... Troy
Jane Krakowski ... Emily Klein
Michael Hitchcock ... Headmaster Charles Meyer
Danny Comden ... Roger Nicholl
Jaime King ... Kathy Joyce
Josh Zuckerman ... Josh Horowitz
James Snyder ... Dave
Ron Livingston ... Percy Anderson
Cody McMains ... Kenny
Mike Erwin ... Barry
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Storyline

Manipulative high school sophomore Kimberly Joyce leads her friends Brittany Wells and Randa Azzouni in bringing charges of sexual assault against Percy Anderson, their English and drama teacher at an exclusive private school in Beverly Hills. Meanwhile, local reporter Emily Klein, originally assigned to do an insignificant piece on the school, hopes that the scandal will launch her into celebrity in the television news business, while Kimberly's bigoted father, Hank, is concerned primarily with the effect that his daughter's accusations may have on his business. Written by Anonymous

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The devil wears a grey skirt and her name is Kimberly Joyce. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content and graphic dialogue involving teens, and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 2006 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

High School Confidential See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$58,570, 14 August 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$305,688, 30 October 2005
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The film achieved brief exposure on the Internet after a short lesbian scene was leaked. See more »

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Quotes

Brittany Wells: I like this music. Can you buy the soundtrack to pornos?
Kimberly Joyce: Tiffany Minx, Stephanie Swift... You know, Brittany, a lot of these porn stars have names that sound like ours. So if we wanted to, when we grow up, we could be porn stars. You couldn't, Randa. I'm sorry.
Randa: That is quite all right.
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Connections

References First Blood (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

What Goes On
Written by Lou Reed
Performed by The Velvet Underground
Published by Screen Gems/EMI Ltd. a/c Oakfield Avenue Music Ltd.
Courtesy of Universal Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A fine mixture of "Election" and "Heathers"
9 June 2005 | by mike-1977See all my reviews

I saw a preview screening of this the other day and felt like I needed to get the word out on this movie pronto. It is SO wrong and twisted, I loved it. I won't give anything away, but Evan Rachel Wood is amazing -- actually, everyone was amazing. I'm so looking forward to this coming out this summer, cause I will definitely see it again.

I'm sure some people might compare it to "Mean Girls" but that's totally wrong. I would compare it more to "Heathers" although it's such a darker comedy that goes places you won't expect, that I really haven't seen anything like it before. This isn't about high school or really teen life, but more a social commentary about racism, sex, war, family, and fame -- or the lack of.

I'm looking forward to hearing what others think about the film. Anyone know if there's a trailer online?


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