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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 (349 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: 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 (349 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003Y5H5EC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,574 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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137 of 170 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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83 of 104 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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55 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting psychothriller August 2, 2008
By Luca
There are movies that haunt you and others that keep you guessing; there are horror flicks and daring mind-benders; there are suspense ridden narratives and atypical treaures: Hard candy is all of the above. The terrible intolerable need to continue watching absorbs and terrifies while you seem disturbed by a need to find a side to root for. The pedophile photographer who may have committed a homicide or the teenager who seems bent on revenge with such hatred you feel for her psychological statae of mind and her emotional integrity while admiring the psychological battle of wits that throws every trick in the book and seemingly confiscates the essence of every psychotic malady the rational rituals of desire have equipped human nature with. Ellen Page is too good to be true and so belligerent in her sympathetic role that you can't stand her. She does what no one at her age has ever been able to do, namely reconcile the taboo of social mores with a nefarious bristling candor that thwarts the desire to continue to watch. She is placed aface Patrick Wilson who performs the role of a pedophile with impenetrable guile and belated predatory pride. He runs the gamut of psycho games and betrays psychobabble while his counterpart frustrates his strategic acumen by outsmarting him to such an extent you wonder as he does: Who is this girl? It gets terrifyiing and tense in a swell of emotional callousness that dumbs the pity elusively ambling in a dialogue that is always disquieted by minds that forage a loot in every chance digression. It is shot with bestirring incision and lavish in its climactic rush. I do not think a movie could be shot with more intensity. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brutal and scary
I would consider this movie to be one of the best horror movies I've ever seen.
A hard way to be punished for pedophile evilness. Prison might be better.
Published 6 days ago by Opinionated Mike
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I fell in love with this movie the first time I watched it. It was creepy, disturbing and one of a kind. I highly suggest giving this movie a chance. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Ashley Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent movie
this movie is a must see for everyone...ellen page deserved oscar acclaims for a job exceedingly well done. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie
One of my favorite movies; love Ellen Page, love the plot, love the ending, love everything. Revenge movies are my favorite
Published 12 days ago by Molly
5.0 out of 5 stars Must own for Horror/Psychology fans!
I worked at Blockbustwer and rented this movie once a month for nearly a year...I fugred I should probablly own my own copy! So creep/intese!
Published 27 days ago by Stephanie
5.0 out of 5 stars Review
I just loved this movie. Everything was in perfect conditions: the box, the DVD. It had some stickers but it was no problem
Published 1 month ago by Yara N. Diaz Garcia
4.0 out of 5 stars I watched it twice, it was just as good the second time
How can you not love Ellen Page. It's all about women empowerment which may be a fantasy but is nice to see.
Published 1 month ago by Brian Edwards
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Actress!!
This is one of those movies that might be hard for some to handle. I for one, enjoyed it, especially for the acting, and message behind it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by K. Hudson
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard Candy
A true thriller. What a ride! The acting was great and kept me spellbound and terrified throughout. It's a must-see!
Published 1 month ago by azweezie
3.0 out of 5 stars while I love the actors
This movie is just a bit too weird for my taste. When I first got it YEARS ago I LOVED it. Now looking's kind of just...strange. and MESSED UP.
Published 1 month ago by Heather P. Mercer
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