Hard Candy

Hard Candy

DVD - 2006
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A teenage girl hooks up with a 30-something fashion photographer she met on the Internet. She soon proves that she isn't as innocent as she looks. The night takes a turn when she imposes an investigation in an attempt to reveal his past.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : Lions Gate Home Entertainment, c2006.
Edition: Widescreen.
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE SUSPENSE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 105 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Hard candy (Motion picture)

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JEM_LPL
Sep 15, 2015

Humorist James Thurber once rewrote "Little Red Riding Hood" in his book "Fables For Our Time". The moral of his story? "It is not as easy to fool little girls as it used to be."

Apparently, our handsome 30 something photographer never read "Fables For Our Time", for he's happy to meet 14 year old Hailey (angel faced Ellen Page) for a date. He buys her a new t-shirt--but only if she'll model it for him back at his place, over drinks.

I can hear you saying "Better not step into that spider's parlor, Hailey." Yet Hailey buzzes in, drinks the cocktails--and it's the photographer who passes out. When he wakes up, this particular spider is tied up--and Hailey is determined to wreck his web.

This is not a film for the faint of heart--especially if you're a guy who's faint of heart. The tightening suspense and mordant humor reminds me of Hitchcock's classic "Rope".If you're looking for a psychological duel between a deceptively gentle Big Bad Wolf and a tough Little Red Riding Hood, then "Hard Candy" is as sweet as revenge.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Apr 18, 2015

ATTENTION!! - Would All Suspected Pedophiles/Child-Molesters In The Audience Please Stand Up And Promptly Go Hang Themselves?

Like, Hello!? - Was that really what Hard Candy's message was all about? Was it, really? 'Cause that's the way it came across to me.

(*Spoiler Alert!*).... And, I ask you - Is it considered "normal", in this day and age, for a 14-year-old girl to get gleeful pleasure out of cutting a guy's nuts off, while, at the same time, flippantly pondering over whether or not to leave him with one of his nuts still hanging as a gesture of her generous kind-heartedness?

Well - Considering what other torturous activities that the little, scenery-chewing Hayley (the vindictive bitch) was capable of dishing out (without even batting an eye), then I'd say that that puts her about on par with the likes of your everyday, garden-variety pedophile..... In other words, folks - Hayley Stark was, seriously, one frickin' sick, little chick.

All-in-all - I found Hard Candy's story just too demented to swallow at face value. If this film was supposed to be considered "entertainment", then, from where I was sitting, it certainly scraped the absolute bottom of the barrel. And it took the meaning of the word "ugly" to a whole new level of repulsiveness.

And, finally - Am I the only one who was bugged by how determined this film was at trying to drive home the point that being a pedophile and/or child-molester was strictly a "male" thing, when, in fact, it isn't?

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Nursebob
Jan 27, 2015

Little Red Riding Hood becomes an avenging angel in David Slade’s troubling tirade which confuses primitive bloodlust with civilized justice. When a precocious fourteen-year old girl arranges to meet the creepy thirty-two year old photographer who’s been stalking her online you know things are going to get disturbing. It certainly starts out that way when Jeff brings Hayley home for a few drinks and some innuendo-laced verbal sparring. Impressed with his risqué photos of underage models Hayley practically begs him to shoot a spread of her, a request he’s only too eager to fulfill until an unexpected twist in fate cuts things short and the stalker finds himself becoming the victim. In the psychological battle which follows Jeff’s past sins are put on trial with Hayley as the self-appointed judge and jury who will stop at nothing in order to exact a confession. Unfortunately what starts out as a taut and believable drama quickly spirals into a psychotic mess filled with outrageous plot devices and nonstop sanctimonious tirades; “I’m every little girl you ever watched, touched, hurt, screwed...” seethes a triumphant Hayley at one point. Oh please, is this supposed to make us cheer for the preceding scenes of physical and mental torture? Slade seems to have an acute case of moral ambivalence as the question of who we’re supposed to feel sorrier for, the slimy pedophile or the bat-sh*t teenager, quickly becomes a contentious issue. Both are equally repulsive in what amounts to an adolescent revenge fantasy. While I can see the “little vigilante girl” theme appealing to those with an axe to grind I personally found the film’s bloated theatrics and smug sense of righteousness completely insulting. I give Hard Candy a 1/5 for its high-calibre performances (a waste of talent) and nothing more.

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funky_d
Nov 12, 2014

This intense thriller grabs you from the start and doesn't let up. Terrific acting from Ellen Page and Patrick Wilson. Plays like a stage production with the two characters alternating between predator and prey. Just wow.

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Janice21383
Oct 07, 2014

Re. pedophiles: to paraphrase that quote from Dazed and Confused, you get older, and they stay the same age. There's not much to be done about them -- or is there? Viewers with conventional notions about child molesters, little girls, and gender roles are in for a rough ride in this uncompromising cat and mouse thriller. Hard Candy has come under some harsh criticism -- allegedly because the lead character is an unbearably precocious know-it-all; but this is merely to say she is played by Ellen Page. More disturbingly, connoisseurs of rape/revenge movies reject this film, apparently because SPOILER the girl is not raped, nor sufficiently terrorized before she takes revenge.

kevfarley May 19, 2014

Highly recommended,.. but scary. This is an extremely intense, often uncomfortble, and very necessary film !! However, for all its attempt to look the beast in the eye,.. this movie still offers no insight into 'why is there pedophelia'. How is it that in our country, where we are given all the psychological background about the formation of serial killers, both real and imagined, there is no info about the origins of molesters ? Be it an actual Charlie Mason, or a fictional Hannabal Lector,.. there is plenty of insightful backstory about how repeat murderers were molded in childhood, etc. But child/teen molesters seem to spring from the earth fully grown, and must be summarily cut down, with no questions ever being either asked nor answered, in film or literature, about how they came into being ?? (5-19-14: 0)

Mocha6ft3 Dec 23, 2013

Wow........I called my friend over the weekend to watch two movies with me, after she told me about purchasing several films, and this was one of them along with a movie i had not heard of called "Frozen." I remember reading about this movie and thought it may be worth watching on my HOMETHEATER. However, i was not expecting the date to turn out the way it did. Neither was my friend. Wow!!!! We thought the guy, who seemed intelligent, and mature, would simply meet her, have something to eat and drink, and then go about his business. Especially when he realized how young she was when they met. But my friend said "the guy a freak." She also said "don't you remember the texts they sent to each other?" Clearly, i didn't pay much attention during that scene since i was munching on a very large steak sandwich smotherd in gravy. Not since the little kid in "The Butterfly Effect" has a young character in a film been more brutal. I mean DAMN!! The setup was done lovely by this young lady. During that brutal "castration scene" my friend dug her nails into my arm, again. Even i could feel his pain. As far as audio, i would call it all around sound, which helps you get into the film. And yeah, my friend did talk back to the television several times trying to warn the girl in the beginning of the movie about her older date. Perhaps she should have tried to warn the photographer instead. We both gave this movie 5 stars!!!!! For an innocent teenager that turns out to be vicious, a good story, good acting, very good setup, and the poor guy who got more than he bargained for. General Tso chicken with white rice, broccoli, two egg rolls, soy sauce, duck sauce, and chinese tea............ps if your eating this at someone's home make sure you prepare your own plate.

voisjoe1 Sep 05, 2013

Interaction between a pedophile and his potential victim. But instead of the "victim" being sweet candy, this victim is "hard candy". The portions in which the pedophile acts in a seductive, gentlemanly manner might be instructive for children to show them the techniques bad guys use to feign friendliness and kindness. Nearly devoid of violence and blood for such a dark theme.

Strange Sep 02, 2012

None of the characters in this film are truly innocent, but all are quite compelling. Ellen Page's performance is good enough by itself to make this movie required viewing. This is an absolutely temendous thriller that will keep you always perched on the edge of your seat.

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britprincess1
Aug 27, 2012

This film's tagline is: "Strangers shouldn't talk to little girls." How perfectly put. This film is unabashedly empowering for young women who have ever felt objectified. However, it is by no means feel-good. It has feminist undertones fueled by a patriarchal system that's run amok (i.e. men taking what they want when they want with no consideration of consequence). It is very provocative and stays with you after screening it. I recommend it for at least one viewing as its message and visual talent demands some well-deserved attention, as does the disturbing and brilliantly conveyed performance given by young Ellen Page (before JUNO and long before INCEPTION made her a star). On top of that, it is clever in its adaptation of what was once a children's fairy tale, "Little Red Riding Hood", turning it into something really not intended for young audiences. (Interestingly enough, it was released under the MTV studio name for older adolescents and young adults.) The wolf is a metaphor here, but the bite this film takes out of you is real.

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britprincess1
Aug 27, 2012

"Honors student, remember? Nothing I can't do when I put my mind to it."

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britprincess1
Aug 27, 2012

"Well, didn't Roman Polanski just win an Oscar?"

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britprincess1
Aug 27, 2012

"Is this torture to you? Because, wow, I guess you've never read anything about Amnesty International or Human Rights Watch, because this? This is nothing."

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britprincess1
Aug 27, 2012

"Nothing's yours when you invite a teenager into your home."

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britprincess1
Aug 27, 2012

"Well, I think it's better to meet people online first, sometimes. You get to know what they're like inside. When you work as a photographer, you find out real quick people's faces lie."

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bdls206
Aug 26, 2011

Jeff Kohlver: Why don't you just kill me?
Hayley Stark: Is that what you think I want?

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bdls206
Aug 26, 2011

Jeff Kohlver: You were coming on to me!
Hayley Stark: Oh, come on. That's what they always say, Jeff.
Jeff Kohlver: Who?
Hayley Stark: Who? The pedophiles! 'Oh, she was so sexy. She was asking for it.' 'She was only technically a girl, she acted like a woman.' It's just so easy to blame a kid, isn't it! Just because a girl knows how to imitate a woman, does NOT mean she's ready to do what a woman does.
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Hayley Stark: I mean, you're the grown up here. If a kid is experimenting and says something flirtatious, you ignore it, you don't encourage it! If a kid says 'Hey, let's make screwdrivers!' You take the alcohol away, and you don't race them to the next drink!

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bdls206
Aug 26, 2011

Jeff Kohlver: Who the hell are you?
Hayley Stark: I am every little girl you ever watched, touched, hurt, screwed, killed.

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bdls206
Aug 26, 2011

Jeff Kohlver: Ah, so you and your mom are both wacked?
Hayley Stark: I dunno. There's that whole nature versus nurture question, isn't it? Was I born a cute, vindictive, little b**ch or... did society make me that way? I go back and forth on that..

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bdls206
Aug 26, 2011

Hayley Stark: Well, 4 out of 5 doctors agree that I am actually insane.

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britprincess1
Aug 27, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: This film is very raw, so there is some definite tension experienced by its audience. It can be frank in its discussions, which might be somewhat shocking. If emotional distress is too intense for you or the sight of blood makes you queasy, then this film may not be for you.

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britprincess1
Aug 27, 2012

Violence: Torture and other forms of graphic violence are depicted, but more lightly than that of a typical horror film.

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britprincess1
Aug 27, 2012

Coarse Language: The F-word is uttered about 20 times. There are 18 sexual references and a handful of scatological terms and mild obscenities.

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britprincess1
Aug 27, 2012

Sexual Content: There are illusions to sexual activity. A teenager shown without a shirt in a bra. There's some succinct chatter about sex (usually referred to in terms like "slept with" and "screwed" and the like). There is one conversation that reveals something that alludes to incest.

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britprincess1
Aug 27, 2012

Other: Cocktails are consumed. Drug lacing is also portrayed.

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bdls206
Aug 26, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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bdls206
Aug 26, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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bdls206
Aug 26, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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britprincess1
Aug 27, 2012

britprincess1 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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bdls206
Aug 26, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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britprincess1
Aug 27, 2012

In this adult retelling of the fairy tale "Little Red Riding Hood", a suspected pedophile faces problems when he brings home a teenage girl that he met on the Internet.

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bdls206
Aug 26, 2011

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.

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