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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.

Director:

David Slade

Writer:

Brian Nelson
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10 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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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:

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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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,007,962, 4 June 2006
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Although Hayley is supposed to be 14, in reality Ellen Page was 17 throughout filming. See more »

Goofs

When Hayley and Jeff are struggling on the roof in the final scene, the roof appears to be reflecting mid-afternoon sunlight but moments later Jeff is in silhouette against the sunset. 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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Freak
Written and Produced by Mark Bell
Performed by LFO
Published by Warp Music
Courtesy of Warp Records
Used by Permission of EMI Virgin Music, Inc.
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Visually Incredible, amazing performance but unbelievable story
26 January 2005 | by rajawrenSee all my reviews

I have just seen Hard Candy at the Sundance Film Festival which screened in the 'Midnight' section of the festival.

I would have to say from the outset that this film is definitely worth a 'view' but please leave your brain in the 'don't start asking questions about the believability of the actual story' mode. The film maker requires the audience to believe a whole lot of implausible actions by the lead character, Hayley. These implausibilities drags the film down from being a great film to good film. Simply the character of Hayley, could not physically or mentally do what see does in this film.

The performance by Ellen Page (Hayley), 14 year old actress, is an incredible performance and make is this film worth a look, plus the fact that this film was projected off HD Projection and looked incredible.


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