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A movie directed by David Slade

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A Quick Tip by RabidChihuahua

  • Jun 25, 2012
This is one of the absolute dumbest movies I've ever seen in my life.  When you get past the extremely contrived storyline and characters and heavy-handed feeling of the film, all you got is a "shock factor for shock factor's sake" type of film, and a horribly done one at that.  My biggest complaint with this ungodly terrible movie was Ellen Page's character.  She's only 14 and unless if her dad is John Rambo (which I know ISN'T the case), the fact that she has the knowledge and physical prowess of a Green Beret feels so goddamn goofy that it takes away any chances this celluloid vomit had of being taken seriously.

This movie proves that David Slade is one of the least talented filmmakers in recent years.
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June 03
I heard this movie was either love it or hate it and people who hate it largely do cause of Ellen Page's way too smart for her age style is a turnoff. I just heard a internet podcast about where one of the hosts couldn't stand Page's character to the point that he was rooting for the villian, a child molester no less to win. He admitted that it was screwed up, but he couldn't stand this movie.
 
July 04, 2012
Page's avenging teenie is not merely a vigilante taken to espionage, but possessed of the preternatural: she's immune to electroshock whilst tazering and grappling with her furtive host under a running shower. Huzzah.

She's actually a talented actress when reined by a competent director, but a very stupid girl anyhow. Tommy O'Haver and Christopher Nolan utilized her to some minor effect in An American Crime and Inception, if only because they denied her favored snotty demeanor - a preferred cop-out for not a few thespians. If judged by a metric of obnoxious jejunity, Juno is the worse of two trite crowd-pleasers, but this movie really does exhibit Ellen Page at her worst: artificial, by-the-numbers precocity for impressionable morons.
 
June 25, 2012
yeah this was far-fetched but I am not sure why I had so much fun with the movie. I guess a kid turning the tables on a phedophile is alluring to its viewers. LOL
July 05, 2012
If his prior victim is of an age analogous to Page's ostensible fourteen years, we're to accurately judge Wilson an ephebophile, not a pedophile. To the hoi polloi of Anglophone societies, these discrete propensities are now wholly conflated, which is absurd: though sexual relations between teens and adults is often (though variably) objectionable, to compare them to the abject perversity of pedophilia is utter insanity. This brand of puritanism cannot be wholly attributed to the religious or feminist varieties; this is the undersexed, austere rigidity of overbearing suburban housewives who teach their daughters that sex is wrong unless accompanied by an economic safety net, who equate copulation between a man/woman in their middle twenties and a boy/girl one week shy of their eighteenth birthday with that of child rapists, who approve of homosexuality in its varied forms only at a long pole's length, and command the full power of the political class and encroaching police state to subvert law to the satisfaction of their menopausal paranoia.

Naturally, he's almost certainly a murderer because his sexual interests aren't defined within the most delicate parameters.

Screenwriter Brian Nelson's invariably turned out drivel, but this film represents the worst sort of demagoguery: moral hypocrisy posing as ambiguity, effective only to the most credulously suggestible of viewers.
 
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review by . July 15, 2012
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Tackling important matters in very modern contexts, 'Hard Candy' is at best a difficult movie to absorb and watch. What starts as potentially a cautionary tale takes on many nuances and twists as a young teenager hooks up with a much older man via the Internet. As a seeming innocent teenager and as the clever, methodical creep both characters come together tragically, but in ways that seem (and unfortunately are) too real. Gripping from start to finish, the plot is cleverly written--even if the …
review by . October 09, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
For some reason the credits list 5 people, but for basically the entire 100 minutes it is all Hayley (Ellen Page) and Jeff Kohlver (Patrick Wilson). She plays a Lolita type and he plays the Humbert type where Lolita and Humbert meet via chat sessions. She believes he is a pedophile and a killer and she puts him through some rather torturous scenarios as the 100 minutes tick down. These scenarios would be hard to believe and would be the reason for watching so I will leave them unsaid. It is very …
Quick Tip by . July 27, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Gritty dark film. Ellen Page shows shes not just a cute face. She can play dark complex charecteres.
review by . April 29, 2009
This movie is like Open Water, where there are only two actors in a situation that you know something terrifyingly awful is going to occur but you are compelled to watch anyway. In this one a thirty-something man is trolling the Internet chat rooms looking for young girls. He has a conversation with a 14 year old girl and they agree to meet.     He tells the girl that he is a photographer that does a lot of work for magazines and the girl ends up at his house. The first thing …
review by . December 19, 2008
A word of advice for any dude who is thinking about watching Hard Candy, do yourself a favor and don't eat beforehand. In Hard Candy, this photographer, Jeff (hot hot in glasses Patrick Wilson) chats up a 14 year old girl Hayley (everyone's favorite impregnanted precocious teen, Ellen Page at her pixiest) online. They meet for coffee, she convinces him to take her back to his house where she proceeds to drug and fuck with him for the majority of the movie. She does some seriously depraved shit. …
review by . November 04, 2008
Hard Candy
A fourteen year old girl, Hayley (Ellen Page), chatting on the internet meets a 32 year old photographer whose moniker is 'lensmaster319', but who's real name is Jeff (Patrick Wilson). They arrange to meet in a coffee shop called Nighthawks.     Hayley is far too wise for her years, and Jeff's feeble attempts to prove himself above picking up on her are washed away in her innocent insistence that he take her to his house to hear a bootleg MP3. What ensues is a game of cat-and-mouse, …
review by . November 10, 2008
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Pros: ........     Cons: .........     The Bottom Line:   "I'll keep you my dirty little secret  Don't tell anyone or you'll be just another regret  My dirty little secret"  ~The All-American Rejects         This is one of those rare movies that both repulses you, yet draws you in.  The subject matter is quite intense but not nearly as intense as the result.   After …
review by . July 01, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
This movie is like Open Water, where there are only two actors in a situation that you know something terrifyingly awful is going to occur but you are compelled to watch anyway. In this one a thirty-something man is trolling the Internet chat rooms looking for young girls. He has a conversation with a 14 year old girl and they agree to meet.    He tells the girl that he is a photographer that does a lot of work for magazines and the girl ends up at his house. The first thing …
review by . November 28, 2006
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Hard Candy is in no way a difficult movie to review because it has almost no flaws. I think everything is perfect and it is now in a very short list of amazing films that is filled with all talk and never bores you. The film is about a 14-year-old girl named Hayley played by Ellen Page. The film goes right into the base of its story when Hayley meets up with a 32 year old man named Jeff whom she met in a chat room. Already you can tell that this girl is a little different from any 14 year old you …
review by . September 25, 2006
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 …
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Claustrophobic and brightly colored, this tightly wound psychological thriller is constantly pulling the rug out from under the viewer, mostly due to the tense, explosive performances of its two main characters. The tale opens with a coffee shop rendezvous between 14-year-old Haley (the fantastic Ellen Page) and 32-year-old fashion photographer Jeff (Patrick Wilson), who have previously met only online in a chat room. Despite his questionable enthusiasm at meeting a girl half his age, Jeff comes off as slightly awkward and shy; rather, it's Haley who is unnervingly forthright in her flirtation. She suggests that they go back to his place, he complies, and, once there, Haley seductively convinces him to take pictures of her. She exhibits a beguiling mixture of innocence and precocious sexuality, but before anything happens between them, Jeff passes out under the influence of the drugs she's slipped him. When he wakes up, Haley drops her innocent demeanor and begins to undertake a meticulously planned game...

The supercharged possibilities of a single set and two amped-up actors are explored inHard Candy, a twisted cocktail with a poison kicker. After a flirtatious encounter in an online chat room, two people agree to meet for coffee: a 32-year-old man (Patrick Wilson) and a 14-year-old girl (Ellen Page). They quickly advance to his house, and just as quickly, the apparent pedophilic seduction morphs into something else entirely. After the tables turn,Hard Candybecomes...
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Director: David Slade
Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: April 14, 2006
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Brian Nelson
DVD Release Date: September 19, 2006
Runtime: 1hr 39min
Studio: Vulcan Productions, Lions Gate Films
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