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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

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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

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Taglines:

Strangers shouldn't talk to little girls.

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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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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

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Both cast and crew members have denied that the costume choices for the character of Hayley were intended as a reference to the children's story 'Little Red Riding Hood.' See more »

Goofs

When Jeff is struggling to get the bonds off when he is on the castration table, his hands and wrists are all red and there are heavy red marks all over his wrists. When Jeff confronts Hayley and he falls down (on the roof), his wrists are completely clean and no marks are seen at all. 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
Performed by Blonde Redhead
Composed by Blonde Redhead
Licensed Courtesy of 4AD Beggars Group
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Excellent But Difficult "Candy"
29 April 2006 | by brenttraftSee all my reviews

"Hard Candy" is one of the best films this year. It has a really good script, dialog, photography, and acting.

My difficulty in recommending this film has to do with it's subject matter. Child molestation is a serious subject and anyone who has been molested or knows someone who has molested might be seriously offended by this film. Parts of the film are humorous, although this is not a humorous subject. This is a game of cat and mouse, which turns into an "Ichy and Scratchy" cartoon. (If you don't watch The Simpsons, that means it is violent.)

If you go into this film prepared for what is going to happen, this is a great film. It has the best dialog of any film this year and has real creative use of camera angles. The acting is among the best all year.

"Hard Candy" is basically a two person play. Almost the entire film takes place in one room. It starts out kind of fun, then gets pretty scary and unpleasant. It's an exhausting film and definitely is not for everyone.


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