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Hard Candy [Blu-ray] (2005)

Ellen Page , Patrick Wilson , David Slade  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (379 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ellen Page, Patrick Wilson, Sandra Oh, Odessa Rae
  • Directors: David Slade
  • Writers: Brian Nelson
  • Producers: David W. Higgins
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: October 5, 2010
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (379 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003Y5H5EC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,712 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hard Candy [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

• Audio commentary with Director David Slade and Writer Brian Nelson
• Audio commentary with Actors Patrick Wilson and Ellen Page
• “Creating Hard Candy” Making-of Documentary
• “Controversial Confection” Mini-featurette
• Deleted and Extended Scenes

Editorial Reviews

This edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller is directed by David Slade (The Twilight Sage: Eclipse) and features Patrick Wilson and Ellen Page. Precocious 14-year-old Hayley probably shouldn't be going to a local coffee shop to meet Jeff, a 30-something fashion photographer she met on the Internet. But before she knows it, she's mixing drinks at Jeff's place and stripping for an impromptu photo shoot. It seems to be Jeff's lucky night. But Hayley isn't as innocent as she looks, and the night takes a turn when she begins to impose a hard-hitting investigation on Jeff in an attempt to reveal his possibly scandalous past.

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139 of 172 people found the following review helpful
The film directed by David Slade and written by Brian Nelson seems disturbing enough for just the subject matter alone, but it's also eerie in how timely it's release has been. With reports of teenage girls becoming victims of internet sexual predators appearing in all types of news media, Hard Candy arrives in the theaters through a limited release to highlight this current trend. Slade and Nelson has created an disturbing and, at times, a very uncomfortable film that shows the many twists and turns that happens when the roles of prey and predator become interchangeable.

There's no denying that Hard Candy aims to put a new twist on the exploitation subgenre of the rape-revenge films that dominated the late 70's and early 80's. Brian Nelson's clearly channeling the influences from such rape-revenge fantasy films like Mastrosimone's Extremities and the very disturbing and exploitive I Spit On Your Grave (Day of the Woman) by Meir Zarchi. From the beginning the audience is shown the set-up of an adult instant messenging another person with the screen name of Thonggrrl14. Thonggrrl14 is in fact a 14 year-old teenage girl named Hayley and the adult on the other end a 32 year-old photographer named Jeff who goes by the screen name Lensman319. Jeff has an unhealthy and disturbing penchant for pubescent girls as the subject of his camera lens.

From their first meeting meeting at a coffee house where Jeff gradually begins a flirtatious conversation with the young Hayley to the point in the first act when he finally convinces her to go back to his house whcih doubles as his studio. There's really no denying the sense of unease that permeates the first act as Hard Candy gradually paints Jeff as the sexual predator that he is.
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86 of 106 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I hated it, the best film of 2006 June 3, 2006
It's safe to say that before the release of the film I was basically foaming at the mouth in anticipation. I don't know what it was that drew me so strongly to it, but there was something about it that just wet my appetite for great cinema.

So, the week came when it was to be released, and Friday rolled around. I went to see it - and left utterly disappointed. I don't know what I expected from the film, from all the press I read I expected simple torture then an end to the film, but what I got, I later realized, was so much more.

The story, although topical to some degree, is at first glance a story of one person wanting to teach another a lesson about the "naughty" things they do, ALA Seven and Saw. But as the film unfolds the true faces are shown, and they're ugly. Ellen Page and Patrick Wilson turn in flawless performances, as they're the only main actors in the film, Sandra Oh plays a small, yet somewhat vital role, and then there's that one guy at the cafe.

The reason I detested this movie was for one simple reason - manipulation. NEVER in my life have I seen a film where my beliefs and feelings concerning the characters has shifted so furiously between one and the other. You sincerely believe that Jeff is an innocent man and that Haley is simply a sociopath. As the story unfolds, if you see the film in the same light as I did, by the end you'll be completely worn out, and left with a feeling of bleakness.

With most recent horror films focusing mainly on the gore aspect, and very little story, albeit one as complex as this, it was incredibly refreshing to see a horror/suspense film that was something that could just possibly top Hitchcock in his finest hour.

A true masterpiece.
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54 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'd Take This Candy From A Stranger September 12, 2006
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I will admit something up front. I am a sucker for a tight, clever script where there is plenty of verbal sparring. Intelligent (might I even say--"thought provoking") drama gets me off. Two of my favorite classics are "The Lion in Winter" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolff?"--two powerful, but wickedly funny, verbal bloodbaths based on plays. Now I'm not saying "Hard Candy" falls into that league, but it is certainly refreshing to watch an adult film with an actual point-of-view that doesn't dumb itself down for mass consumption.

Ellen Page and Patrick Wilson are both suberb, and there are enough twists and action to keep the viewer guessing through their game of cat-and-mouse. This is a sweet antidote to the usual summer blockbuster--one that will make you think and one that you will remember.

Not to provide a spoiler, but the film does wrap itself up rather tidily--which keeps it from being truly brilliant (I'd actually give it 4 1/2 stars). But I was riveted throughout.

A word of warning, however, I imagine a lot of people might not like this film. But if you are a fan of well-scripted, well- acted drama and open to the subject matter (might be too controversial or even too graphic for some), I'd definitely give this a try. KGHarris, 9/06.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The game is over!" September 20, 2006
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In one of the most beautifully acted films of the year, director David Slade's provocative Hard Candy asks a number of provocative questions: When does the predator become the victim? To what extent is vigilantism justified? And what justifies one person going after such cold-blooded revenge? The film starts out with two anonymous people chatting on the Internet. The repartee is seductive and tantalizing.

Fourteen-year-old doll-like Hayley (Ellen Page) offers to meet the older man Jeff (Patrick Wilson) at a coffee shop, where he wipes chocolate from her lip with his finger and continues the predator's dance. Jeff isn't your stereotypical pedophile; he's young, handsome and sexy, and an upwardly mobile fashion photographer. Jeff buys Hayley a coffee and a shirt and they talk about literature and film whilst she tries the shirt on.

Hayley proves that she's perky and sweet and way bright beyond her years and soon they are heading back to Jeff's secluded, modernist house deep in the Hollywood Hills. He makes her a vodka and orange and offers up an impromptu photo shoot. Pretty soon we realize that there's something not quite right about this scenario.

It turns out that little Hayley isn't as innocent as we thought she was. Without giving too much the plot away, Hayley launches into an unrelenting and sometimes stomach-turning inquest into the older man's secret life as a pervert and a possible murderer. Jeff adamantly denies killing a girl who has recently gone missing, but the innocent Hayley will not be swayed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like "getting even" or "revenge" movies, here's a great one!!
Much better than expected! Good old fashioned ravenous rageful Revenge! I Love It. Great performances by Ellen Page and Patrick Wilson!!!
Published 6 days ago by Amanda Underwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Pedophiles beware.
Awesome movie! I've watched it several times and it still holds my interest. Just what should happen to all pedophiles.
Published 17 days ago by Katie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie!
Published 19 days ago by Morgan nicely
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Boring!
Published 1 month ago by Cathryn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wow twists and turns keeps you intrigued throughout
Published 1 month ago by genghis62
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and twisty
Love the twist on this plot. Give the predators something to think about for once. Gets real dark
Published 2 months ago by kat
5.0 out of 5 stars and was amazed at Ellen Page's performance
I just recently rented "Hard Candy", and was absolutely knocked out by Ellen Page's performance!

I remember seeing "Juno" when it was in the theaters, and thinking there... Read more
Published 2 months ago by S. Vecchio
4.0 out of 5 stars It leaves an impression--very good.
This movie is as captivating as it is disturbing. It leaves an impression--very good.
Published 2 months ago by theartsyone
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie!!
Published 2 months ago by Richard Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than I Spit On Your Grave
This is the quintessential cat and mouse thriller, but with a twist - a teenage girl is going after a grown man. You don't know who to believe. Is he innocent? Is he guilty? Read more
Published 2 months ago by Butterfly
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