Hard Candy

Hard Candy

(2006)
"This is the disturbing movie that caused a ruckus at the Sundance Film Fest. It's a celluloid payback for every underage girl who's been mistreated by an adult male. It's Red Riding Hood in reverse, inspired by the true story of Japanese schoolgirls who baited older men over the internet and then attacked them.

This will divide audiences with its changing perspective on the treatment of the two leads, a feisty 14-year-old and a 32-year old fashion photographer. When the presumed predator invites the girl back to his Hollywood Hills home, the tables are set for an afternoon of excruciating (if you're male) developments. The film also comes with a warning; like many that focus on sexual violence, this one treads a very fine line between exploitation and art." Ant Timpson, NZFF.

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Hard Candy’s a shocking film that you won’t want the kids to see. It depicts the vendetta of a disturbingly intelligent fourteen-year-old, as she unleashes hell upon an unsuspecting paedophile.

Inspired by the true story of Japanese High School girls, who baited men over the Internet to sadistically torture them. It’s a refreshing film-depiction of the subject of paedophilia. This time the apparent victim of the plot turns tormentor.

Truly gruelling, and at times a challenge to watch (castration is not pretty), chillingly real acting (Ellen Page and Patrick Wilson) combine with a very witty and slick script, to make this film bearable - if not unsettling.

You may walk out feeling sympathy for a paedophile.

Revieed by Ben Clark

The Peoples' Reviews

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Linda is right, there's some intense, squirm worth stuff here - especially for the guys. But gripping nonetheless. High-impact.


Sorry guys, you might not enjoy this movie but it is a great girls' night out. Lots of blood sweat and tears and no Jennifer Aniston in sight!


The Press Reviews

68% of critics recommend.
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  • BBC

    It's a striking big screen debut for indie filmmaker David Slade whose crisp direction provides a great showcase for the fearless acting of Patrick Wilson (The Phantom Of The Opera) and the precocious Ellen Page. Together they pull off an extraordinary balancing act - a film that will have you both squirming in your seat and teetering on the edge of it... Full Review

  • A cracking little thriller which makes you think even as it?s keeping you on the edge of your seat. It's not always easy viewing, but is an intelligent, challenging film which deserves to be seen... Full Review

  • A tough sit, but it attracts more than repels you. It commands your attention. Once it lands its hooks in you, there's no tearing away... Full Review

  • To pull this kind of thing off you need exceptional performances, and the two leads rise commandingly to the challenge. Wilson keeps his true colors effectively muted, but it is Page who astonishes... Full Review

  • Highfalutin exploitation flick... during the ensuing narrative unpleasantness and visual incoherence (meaningless choker close-ups, pointless slow mo), Hayley subjects Jeff to a range of torture... Full Review