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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 pedophile.

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David Slade

Writer:

Brian Nelson
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Patrick Wilson ... Jeff Kohlver
Ellen Page ... Hayley Stark
Sandra Oh ... Judy Tokuda
Odessa Rae ... Janelle Rogers (as Jennifer Holmes)
G.J. Echternkamp ... Nighthawks Clerk (as Gilbert John)
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Storyline

After having online chat room chats for three weeks, "Thonggrrrl14" convinces "Lensman319" to meet in person in a public place, they being up front that they are a fourteen year old girl and thirty-two year old man respectively. They are indeed precocious fourteen year old Hayley Stark and thirty-two year old photographer Jeff Kohlver. Their interactions, including their meeting, are laced with indirect sexual innuendo, most specifically on Hayley's part, although Jeff is clear also in an indirect manner that he does not have sex with minors. Regardless, Hayley is further able to convince Jeff to continue their face-to-face at his place. There, both Hayley and Jeff's true intentions come to light, their meeting which was no accident on either side, and the intentions which may be incompatible and have serious and deadly consequences. Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Strangers shouldn't talk to little girls.

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hard Candy See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$950,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$58,049, 16 April 2006

Gross USA:

$1,024,640

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,022,209
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Due to the controversial nature of the film, the budget was kept under a million dollars so the studio wouldn't ask to change anything. See more »

Goofs

Jeff's facial hair is noticeably thicker in the opening coffee shop scene than it is later in the day. 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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Elephant Woman
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Never underestimate Music video /commercial filmmakers.
13 April 2006 | by HiddenVoiceSee all my reviews

This sure is some thriller.Darn those MTV filmmakers,when they really use their heads they show some of their true visual talents.Like the debut made by Mark Romanek in One Hour Photo, David Slade really excels as a director who keeps things extremely intense and gripping with a touch of shocking elements and pure disturbance due to its story.

A film about a pedophile who invites a 14 year old girl into his house only to lead a disturbing game of cat and mouse with shocking consequences and shocking twists.

Along with the superb debut and impressive writing ,it is actually the young Ellen Page who carries the film.You won't find her not mentioned in any review to this film.Hers is a performance worth mentioning,because she takes a huge shift towards her character. Wilson,on the other hand does an adequate job.

A surprisingly effective thriller and of course disturbing in the most shocking sense of way.This is sure one psychological thriller you ought to check out.


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