Pretty Persuasion

Pretty Persuasion

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Director: Marcos Siega

Cast: Evan Rachel Wood, Ron Livingston, James Woods

     
 

One of the "popular girls" decides to put her mean streak to work in this black comedy. Kimberly Joyce (Evan Rachel Wood) is an outwardly friendly but inwardly cold and manipulative teenager who attends an exclusive private school in Beverly Hills when she's not making fun of her twentysomething stepmother (Jaime King) or listening to her business mogul father (James… See more details below

Overview

One of the "popular girls" decides to put her mean streak to work in this black comedy. Kimberly Joyce (Evan Rachel Wood) is an outwardly friendly but inwardly cold and manipulative teenager who attends an exclusive private school in Beverly Hills when she's not making fun of her twentysomething stepmother (Jaime King) or listening to her business mogul father (James Woods) rant about the many people he hates. Kimberly's best friend is Brittany (Elisabeth Harnois), who doesn't seem to notice that Kimberly holds a bit of a grudge over the fact Brittany is now dating Troy (Stark Sands), Kimberly's former boyfriend. When Randa (Adi Schnall), an exchange student from the Middle East, arrives at school, Kimberly is asked to show her around, and soon she's giving her the inside scoop on the school's social hierarchy. Kimberly, Brittany, and Randa, like most of the girls at school, don't much care for Mr. Anderson (Ron Livingston), a teacher who doesn't make much of a secret of his lust for the female student body, though he doesn't do much besides look. Kimberly decides to do something about Mr. Anderson by fabricating a story that he has had inappropriate contact with her, Brittany, and Randa, and it doesn't take long for the matter to become a local scandal, though it does end up backfiring on Kimberly in time. Pretty Persuasion also features supporting performances from Selma Blair, Jane Krakowski, and Michael Hitchcock.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
This dark comedy sounds, on paper, like yet another Heathers homage. But unlike Clueless, Mean Girls and their feel-good ilk, Pretty Persuasion focuses on deadpan social commentary rather than pop self-consciousness. More clever than laugh-out-loud funny, the film has plenty to say about political correctness, sexual impropriety, and the inanities of local TV news. It's not exactly subtle -- especially during its forced, heavy-handed climax -- but it does establish a broad satirical agenda without devolving into an insulting farce. The self-absorption of well-heeled Hollywood teens has been mined to death for both comedy and pathos, but director Marcos Siega and first-time screenwriter Skander Halim are smart enough to relegate this particular theme to throwaway dialogue as wicked as it is believable. Star Evan Rachel Wood plays an altogether different sort of bad girl from the one she portrayed in Thirteen; comparisons to Nicole Kidman's character in To Die For are inevitable. But it's the rich supporting cast, including James Woods and Jane Krakowski, who provide the bulk of the uneasy chuckles. As the Muslim student who gets swept up in the schemes of two bratty blondes, newcomer Adi Schnall makes the most of an under-written role. Like Pretty Persuasion itself, her part is schematic and cold, yet no less truthful or enjoyable for it.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/13/2005
UPC:
0043396128781
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:50:00
Sales rank:
56,238

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Performance Credits
Evan Rachel Wood Kimberly Joyce
Ron Livingston Percy Anderson
James Woods Hank Joyce
Elisabeth Harnois Brittany
Jane Krakowski Emily Klein
Selma Blair Grace Anderson
Danny Comden Roger Nicholl
Stark Sands Troy
Michael Hitchcock Headmaster Charles Meyer
Robert Joy Horowitz, Larry
Jaime King Kathy Joyce
Adi Schnall Randa
Josh Zuckerman Josh Horowitz
Clyde Kusatsu Judge Carl Munro
Alex Désert Joe, security guard
Cody McMains Kenny
Johnny Lewis Warren Prescott
David Wagner Morgan
Brent Goldberg Rick
James Snyder Dave
Mike Erwin Barry
Ira Wood Martin Stivers
David C. Taylor Carlyle Cream
Lisa Arturo Stephanie Swift
Shanna Olson Tiffany Minx
Tina Holmes Nadine
Perry Hayes Sound Guy
Christopher Thornton Emmett Friedman
Deprece Reddick Sudan
Julie Wittner Bystander
Aydiee Vaughn Bystander
Navid Negahban Mr. Azzouni
Octavia L. Spencer Woman
Angelo Spizzirri Cody
Amanda Harley Bobo
Christopher Meloni Actor

Technical Credits
Marcos Siega Director,Producer
Jason Barhydt Executive Producer
Gilad Benamram Score Composer
Todd Dagres Producer
Max D. Day Asst. Director
Nicholas Erasmus Editor
Barbara Fiorentino Casting
Daniel Glicker Costumes/Costume Designer
Skander Halim Co-producer,Screenwriter
Robert C. Jackson Sound Editor
Eric Kopeloff Executive Producer
Carl Levin Producer
Elissa Marshall Musical Direction/Supervision
Joseph Middleton Casting
Ramsey Nickell Cinematographer
Paul Oberman Production Designer
Robert Ortiz Executive Producer
Jamey Pryde Co-producer
Janet Billig Rich Musical Direction/Supervision
Abigail Sheiner Art Director
Joni Sighvatsson Executive Producer
Happy Walters Executive Producer
Matthew Weaver Producer
Steven M. Weiss Sound Mixer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Pretty Persuasion
1. Start [3:37]
2. Kimberly & Randa [3:55]
3. "If I Couldn't Be White" [4:30]
4. Wonder Twins [4:24]
5. Speaking the Truth [3:47]
6. Call From Mom [3:20]
7. Big Bag of Fun [3:53]
8. Little Schoolgirl [5:23]
9. Too Small the Aperture [3:22]
10. Stopping Mr. Anderson [6:08]
11. Dad's Reputation [4:02]
12. A Woman's Touch [1:53]
13. Devil in a Gray Skirt [4:27]
14. Replacing Anne Frank [2:27]
15. "I'm Not Going to Forget This" [4:44]
16. "Why I Deserve to Be Punished" [4:04]
17. Rana on the Stand [:24]
18. Where Warren Went [4:02]
19. Britney's Private Moment [4:07]
20. Anderson's Best Defense [4:26]
21. The Edge [5:03]
22. Pretty Persuasion [3:58]
23. No Daughter [3:28]
24. Actor's Toolkit [1:07]
25. Last Words [2:10]
26. Consequences [2:16]
27. About a Boy [3:04]
28. Barn Barn Barn [5:21]

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