Hard Candy

May 12th, 2006








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Hard Candy

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Plot
A mature 14-year old girl meets a charming 32-year old photographer on the Internet. Suspecting that he is a pedophile, she goes to his home in an attempt to expose him.

Release Year: 2005

Rating: 7.2/10 (67,253 voted)

Critic's Score: 58/100

Director: David Slade

Stars: Patrick Wilson, Ellen Page, Sandra Oh

Storyline
After three weeks of chatting with the thirty-two year old photographer Jeff Kohlver over the Internet, fourteen year old Hayley Stark meets him in the Nighthawks coffee shop. Hayley flirts with him in spite of the age difference and proposes to go to his house. Once there, she prepares a screwdriver for them and Jeff passes out. When he awakes, he is tied up to a chair, and Hayley accuses him of pedophilia. Jeff denies the accusation, and Hayley begins to torture him in a cat and mouse game.

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)

Taglines: Strangers shouldn't talk to little girls.

Release Date: 12 May 2006

Filming Locations: Arclight Cinemas - 6360 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA

Opening Weekend: $58,049 (USA) (16 April 2006) (2 Screens)

Gross: $1,007,962 (USA) (4 June 2006)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:
Sandra Oh's character was called Mrs. Tokuda in the script. When she arrived on the set, Oh said "I feel like a Judy Tokuda," which the director loved. However, the name had been made up on the spot and could not be cleared by the legal department, so the executive on the set asked for one take where she refers to herself Mrs. Tokuda. Oh didn't want to do the take, but finally relented on the condition that she would only have to do one take. However, she intentionally delivered the line "Tell him Mrs. Tokuda says Hi." in a ridiculous Midwestern accent, making the take unusable. The name Judy Tokuda eventually presented no clearance problems.

Goofs:
Miscellaneous: Hayley isn't seen changing the ice, yet the bag appears full when ever lifted without the bottom being dominated by melted ice (better known as water), also for as long as the ice had been sitting on his lap, you would think that there would be a distinct discoloration, but there isn't.

Quotes:
[first lines]
Hayley Stark: Mmm. This is soo good. I want more.
Jeff Kohlver: Don't get greedy.



User Review

Great acting and film making!

Rating: 8/10

I was lucky enough to be in one of the first test audiences for this film in Los Angeles. Knowing nothing about the film except that it's being described as suspense/horror, and stars Patrick Wilson and a 14 year old girl, I went in expecting another bad to mediocre slash film. I couldn't have been more wrong!

Hard Candy is an intense psychological drama, with incredible performances by both Ellen Page and Patrick Wilson. The two actors are practically the only two people with lines in the film, aside from some brief appearances by Sandra Oh and Jennifer Holmes. Thusfar I have only seen Wilson in The Alamo and Phantom of the Opera, but I was blown away with how he handled this performance. The slow, suspenseful film is set mainly in the Los Angeles home of photographer Jeff, a 32 year old man whom Hayley, a mature 14 year old girl who met him online, suspects to be a pedophile. The pacing was steady, and phenomenal - after a brief exposition we get into the real suspense about 20 minutes into the film, and it doesn't let up from there. The cinematography and camera work went excellently with the film. Rather than being extremely gory, the adult themes of the film lead to a more psychological creepiness. There are also questions that remain unanswered until the end of the film, when everything is wrapped up nicely - leaving you puzzled to the true identities and motives of the characters throughout most of the duration.

Horror films are not my cup of tea, but psychological drama is. An early fall release date has been rumored, and I can only hope this movie doesn't get lost in the shuffle between summer blockbusters and Oscar season. I also hope Lion's Gate markets this film for what it is, and doesn't try to aim for fans of slash, or a teen crowd.




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