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Hard Candy (2005)

Cast: Shane Anderson, Shane Anderson, Patrick Wilson, more...
Director: David Slade, David Slade
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Studio: Lions Gate
Genre: Action, Drama, Suspense/Thriller, Crime
Running Time: 105 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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A teenage girl agrees to meet a thirtysomething fashion photographer in person after becoming acquainted with him in an online chat room, and the resulting encounter finds the line between predator and prey slipping slowly out of focus in director David Slade's provocative and topical thriller. Hayley (Ellen Page) is a 14-year-old teen whose emotional maturity seems to betray her tender age. Jeff (Patrick Wilson) is a potential child predator whose intentions toward his young chat buddy seem less than honorable. After meeting in a coffeehouse and getting to know each other briefly in person, Jeff invites Haley back to his place, and it's not long before Jeff's underage guest is pouring drinks and posing provocatively for an impromptu photo shoot. As the evening's questionable activities take a decidedly sordid slant and the raptorial Jeff appears poised to strike, a sudden turn of events finds that his apparent victim has had a plan of her own from the very beginning. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Boring - don't bother renting it. by DRamos August 15, 2007 - 4:47 PM PDT
0 out of 3 members found this review helpful
This film could have been written by a seven year old. The dialogue is dry and the characters actions are SOOOOO silly.

Scrambled Screenwriting by talltale September 6, 2006 - 12:56 PM PDT
11 out of 16 members found this review helpful
If audacity were all, HARD CANDY would be a lollapalooza. It certainly begins well and holds your attention for a good half of its far-too-lengthy running time due to dialog that's both believable and surprising. The film builds, full of tension and shock, to a fine middle and then slowly collapses into nonsense. By the end, it has worn out its welcome to the point that throwing your wine glass, shoe (or whatever expendable object lies nearest) directly at the TV or monitor will seem quite appropriate.

The movie is basically a two-hander with expert performances from Patrick Wilson (cable's "Angels in America," the movie of "Phantom of the Opera" and Broadway's recent "Full Monty" & "Oklahoma" revival) and especially Ellen Page ("Wilby Wonderful") who has a role and gives a performance that you will not forget--even though screenwriter/producer Brian Nelson finally betrays them both. A huge disappointment that leaves a bad taste in your mouth because of its stupidity, rather than its subject matter, "Hard Candy" possesses one of the softer centers imaginable. Pervs deserve better, for Christ sake--not to mention movie audiences.

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(Average 6.38)
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