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Hard Candy

Hard Candy

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Director: David Slade

Cast: Patrick Wilson, Ellen Page, Sandra Oh


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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


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.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
A cautionary tale of cyberspace pedophilia served with a sick but satisfying twist, Hard Candy couldn't have come at a more opportune time, given the ubiquitous warnings of online predators that had become a staple of nightly newscasts. Of course, topicality can only get a film so far in terms of finding it an audience, and despite the controversial and somewhat off-putting central concept, it's a clever combination of tense thrills and directorial restraint that prove the ultimate key to Hard Candy's success. Screenwriter Brian Nelson is well aware of how to bring together the various elements needed to craft a nerve-shredding scene, and as he successfully utilizes them all with the skill of a seasoned professional, director David Slade exercises just the right amount of restraint needed to keep the film from veering into the heavy oncoming traffic of the bad-taste lane. Sure there are scenes that will likely rattle more sensitive viewers as each startling revelation leads to a series of chilling confrontations which effectively alternate between the physical and the psychological, but by always being mindful of composition and framing, Slade crafts a film that ultimately relies more on suggestion than it does explicit detail. As for the performances, Patrick Wilson turns in a fittingly warped interpretation of a potential child predator whose protective layers are slowly peeled away to reveal his true inner nature, while innocent-eyed peeler Ellen Page proves just how deceiving looks can really be. Though it certainly won't appeal to all audiences given the subject matter, fearless filmgoers willing to risk chipping a tooth will note that Hard Candy delivers the kind of nonstop thrills that keep the tension simmering and viewers guessing right up to the relentless final frames.

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Lions Gate
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[Wide Screen]
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary With Director David Slade and writer Brian Nelson; Commentary with Actors Patrick Wilson and Ellen Page; Deleted and extended scenes; "Creating Hard Candy" Making-of-documentary; "Controversial" Confection" Minfeaturette; DVD-ROM production notebook; English closed captioning; Theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Patrick Wilson Jeff Kohlver
Ellen Page Hayley Stark
Sandra Oh Judy Tokuda
Jennifer Holmes Janelle Rogers
John Gilbert Nighthawks Clerk
Odessa Rae Actor

Technical Credits
David Slade Director
Paul G. Allen Executive Producer
Shane Anderson Stunts
Art Jones Editor
Michael Caldwell Producer
Todd Dividivich Executive Producer
Andrew Ellerd Sound Editor
Erica Farjo Associate Producer
Dennis Grzesik Sound Mixer
Harry Escott Score Composer
David W. Higgins Producer
Richard Hutton Producer
Barney Jeffrey Associate Producer
Rosanne Korenberg Executive Producer
Stuart Martin Sound Editor
Valerie McCaffrey Casting
Ye Rin Mok Cinematographer
Molly Nyman Score Composer
Brian Nelson Co-producer,Screenwriter
Felicity Nove Art Director
Carla Pagi Producer
Jody Patton Executive Producer
Jeremy Reed Production Designer
Keston Ridley Makeup
Hans Christian Ritter Co-producer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Yari Schutzer Production Manager
Barry Wasserman Asst. Director
Jo Willems Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hard Candy
1. Main Titles [2:09]
2. "Faces Lie" [3:31]
3. First Impressions [4:55]
4. Home [3:51]
5. "Take It All" [3:09]
6. Lonely [2:40]
7. Drugged [5:37]
8. "Busted" [4:06]
9. Voyeur or Conservationist [3:45]
10. Hide & Seek [3:20]
11. Found [1:56]
12. Combinations [4:42]
13. Opportunity [3:03]
14. Preparation [4:04]
15. Plea [3:52]
16. So Close... [5:28]
17. Memories [3:01]
18. Incision [4:51]
19. Post-op [4:24]
20. "I'll Find You" [4:07]
21. Freedom [3:04]
22. Summons [2:38]
23. Unexpected Visitor [4:32]
24. Offer [3:35]
25. "Who Are You?" [5:25]
26. Only Way Out [2:40]
27. Promise [1:55]
28. End Credits [3:30]


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Hard Candy 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
HollyErvin More than 1 year ago
This movie is not what it appears to be. What starts out as an uneasy subject for most, quickly turns into a deadly cat-and-mouse game...but who's to the antagonist and who's the hero? 'Hard Candy' will keep you on the edge of your seat and guessing until the last moments...Superb acting and plot!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie has some really great twists in it. While some of the situations could be deemed as over the top or disturbing, I think they really work. This is an exciting movie with a great female heroine who decides to take the law into her own hands.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A unique story that will definitely keep your attention. Classic situation where the preditor becomes the prey. Ellen page is a pretty amazing little actress in this one. Great story and very well done.
Denver-Max More than 1 year ago
This movie has a high spot in my collection. When I first heard about it, I was interested. The plot is simple, and at times predictable. But by the end still managed to leave me satisfied. It also supplies the perfect sort of twisted humor that I enjoy. For the budget and time spent on producing the film - it comes out better than one might expect of it. I'd say at the very least it's worth one view.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My friend and I were sitting at his house, nothing to do, and I saw this DVD sitting on his table. He immediately acted like he had been meaning to remind me to watch this for some time now. He told me I had to see it, it's an incredible film, and it has 'that girl from Juno in it'. We had nothing to do for a few hours so I gave in. Throughout the entire film I was predicting scene after scene. There was one thing I didn't see coming near the end, but the very end comes at you with headlights on and a blaring horn you cannot expect anything different. This movie is ridiculously unrealistic, both Page and Wilson could accurately mark this on their resume as their worst acting documented on disc, and as I have stated a few times, it is very predictable. If you pride yourself on the amount of movies you've seen, then by all means add this to your mental collection, but don't pop it in expecting satisfaction (slight ironic pun coordinated with film).
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't worry. I won't give away the ending to this highly provocative drama! I will say that that Ellen Page is poised to be a HUGE star, and should have her pick of acting jobs in the near future. The idea of a film dealing with child predators is nothing new, but the twist in the story comes when the hunter and the hunted keep switching positions! The "operation" scene is definitely NOT for the faint of heart, and Sandra Oh is sorely misused as the nosy neighbor. But this is a very decent film witty and disturbing at the same time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hard Candy is unrelentingly intense and sweat inducing---a movie that you won't soon forget. Tackling an important and troubling topic, Hard Candy effectively and chillingly reverses the role of child predator and prey. The subject is tough and unpleasant in what's destined to be a sleeper hit. This small, contained movie packs an emotional wallop. Rather than a huge budget, big name stars and cgi dependent dazzelment, this is low-budget American movie-making at its best---a movie that succeeds on a strong script, accomplished cast, confined setting and tight direction---remarkable whether a student of filmaking, scriptwriting, acting or fan of good cinema.If you're looking for substance and impact from a movie, and you're tired of the standard multi-plex fare, be sure to see this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Relentlessly fierce characters. Ellen Page is amazing, and patrick wilson does a great job it's hard to decide whom to feel for. Full of suspense, and with Hard Candy's difficult topic, it's not something you will soon forget. Shocking.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The topic of pedophile has been revisited once again following the recent slew of similarly-themed shows like the ‘Woodsman’ and ‘Mysterious Skin.’ But this time round, pedophile isn't the theme of the show it is simply a cat-and-mouse-ish thriller between a teenage girl and a suspected pedophile. This movie is dark hell, what story about pedophile wouldn't be, and the acting is nothing short of excellent. Both characters are extremely convincing and both shock in their respective ways. Brian Nelson's intelligent script is abound with surprising twists, dark humor and bitter exchanges which will provoke discussions among viewers. Hayley (Ellen Page) is convincing as the teenage girl with a vigilante agenda, and Jeff (ambiguous Patrick Wilson) is good as well. Just that their characters don't seem to be very realistic. A teenage girl endangering her life into a pedophile's house just to expose his dark secret? Featuring some truly disturbing scenes but nothing explicit. The biggest flaw though is that I'm not sure exactly who the makers wanted us to root for, because the girl is portrayed as mildly unhinged and explicitly psychotic, while the alleged pedophile comes across as the victim who frankly we want to side with. Surely if he's the bad guy, we want the girl to succeed and to truly torment him, but in this film we are forced to side with the pedophile which is quite disturbing to me. However, overlooking this is the simple fact that for the performances alone and the quality of the considered direction giving us some heart-pounding suspense. ‘Hard Candy’ is a fine piece of cinema that offers a great deal in comparison to other movies produced nowadays and, consequently, deserves more attention.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie got fairly good reviews and many people seemed to find the content rather disturbing. "Two good reasons to own it" I thought. WRONG! This movie wasn't very disturbing at all. Me and my girlfriend watched it together and partway through we had to admit to ourselves that it was a bad movie. The girl's acting in this movie was really bad but according to my girlfriend the guy in this movie is usually a good actor and his performance was bad as well, which leads me to believe that they were just working with a bad director. It wasn't necessary an awful movie, just not worth the time it took to watch it.