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Hard Candy (2005)

Director(s): David Slade

Theatrical Release: 2005

Cast: Ellen Page, Patrick Wilson, Sandra Oh, Jennifer Holmes, John Gilbert

Genre(s): Drama, Thriller, psychological, Dean's List

Countries: USA

Location in store: Independent > Drama

(1 / 1)
Ant Rating
Running Time: 105m.

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. (

Member Reviews

Suspenseful and unexpected by erk - September 20, 2008
Hard Candy doesn't take the easy way out, either in the dialogue or the plot. Well-conceived and acted, it's an excellent cat-and-mouse thriller. Probably surprising for most Ellen Page fans - along with Funny People, Hard Candy demonstrates her appealing acting range.
Don't expect Juno by C20005635 - August 11, 2008
Upon the success of Juno, a lot of people now know Ellen Page and expect that cute, quirky girl they saw on the screen. Make no mistake, this is a tough topic and she does a fine job with her role. To say more about the movie might give too much away. Just rent it.