Pretty Persuasion 2005 R CC

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(38) IMDb 6.6/10
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The film centers on a sexual harassment scandal that engulfs an exclusive Beverly Hills private school. A teenage girl (Wood) frames her teacher for sexual harassment.

Starring:
Evan Rachel Wood, David Wagner
Runtime:
1 hour 50 minutes

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Pretty Persuasion

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Marcos Siega
Starring Evan Rachel Wood, David Wagner
Supporting actors Brent Goldberg, Adi Schnall, Elisabeth Harnois, Stark Sands, Jane Krakowski, Michael Hitchcock, Danny Comden, Jaime King, Josh Zuckerman, James Snyder, Ron Livingston, Cody McMains, Mike Erwin, James Woods, Ira David Wood IV, Selma Blair, Johnny Lewis, David C. Taylor
Studio IDP
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Pretty Persuaion made me think, it made me mad, it made me laugh, and it made me cry.
Rita Barnett
The most intriguing thing about "Pretty Persuasion" is the way it embeds a complementary theme about Hollywood hypocrisy in the very structure of the film.
Only-A-Child
I would not recommend it, I hope parents don't let their kids watch it and I am sorry I watched it.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Only-A-Child VINE VOICE on February 18, 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
If you don't like films with unnecessary graphic language you may want to put "Pretty Persuasion" on your "films to avoid" list. There is so much exploitive language and perversions (mostly discussed rather than demonstrated) that I was regretting my purchase 20-25 minutes into the story, even though I was laughing fairly often-especially at Kimberly's (Evan Rachel Wood) comments about the relationship between her stepmother and her dog. I was amazed that Wood had agreed to do this thing and felt that in a few years she would regret having it on her resume.

But after about 30 minutes I was either hardened to the dialogue or had begun to understand that most of it was there for a legitimate purpose. And to enjoy "Pretty Persuasion" you have to be willing to accept a fair amount of what first seems needless exploitation. It used to be that teenagers went to the movies to see adults making love, now adults go to the movies to see teenagers making love, or at least speaking and behaving suggestively.

This black comedy and parental neglect social statement comes 50 years after Ed Wood featured it in "The Violent Years". Instead of a gang of privileged girls robbing gas stations, 15 year old Kimberly and her two classmates, best friend Brittany (Elisabeth Harnois) and shy Muslim girl Randa (Adi Schnall), bring sexual harassment charges against one of their teachers. And "Pretty Persuasion" introduces a lot more dark wit into the equation, a function of Skander Halim's screenplay and Marcos Siega's direction.

The most intriguing thing about "Pretty Persuasion" is the way it embeds a complementary theme about Hollywood hypocrisy in the very structure of the film. Promiscuous teenage girls and lesbians are established titillation elements in exploitation films.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lauren Siegel on January 29, 2006
Format: DVD
Incredibly smart and undyingly witty. MARCOS SIEGA has TRULY proved himself to be Hollywood's next hot commodity. I watched it the moment I got home and again the next day - I can NOT stop talking about this movie. Between EVAN RACHEL WOOD's performance and MARCOS SIEGA's beautiful eye, PRETTY PERSUASION will take you on an insane ride of emotions, many you didn't know you were capable of having. It will make you laugh, it will piss you off. It will shock you, it will touch you. You'll think about death, you'll think about sex. PRETTY PERSUASION accomplishes the intelligence, art and beauty that hundreds of movies fail to accomplish every year. You will talk about this film for weeks. The only thing this DVD is lacking is the extra stuff... I would PAY to hear SIEGA's commentary. A MUST buy DVD.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By badge on December 20, 2005
Format: DVD
Don't be misled by the review comments on the front of the box. This movie is neither "extremely funny" nor is it "a comedy brimming with zesty shock value". There really isn't anything funny about teen suicide or high school shootings, nor does this movie try to suggest that there is. Instead the story is about a girl whose life has been made painful by the death of her brother in Iraq, a mother who deserted her, a father who is an obnoxious slob, a best friend who stole her boyfriend, and the part of Ann Frank in the school play that gets taken away from her and given to the same "best friend". What makes the main character, Kimberley, special is that she maintains her poise despite all these negatives, at least on the outside. Only towards the end of the movie do we really get anything like a glimpse of the torment that is raging inside of her, and the harsh, mechanical, even cold exterior that she must maintain in order to keep her internal world under control. The comment made by the father of the Muslim girl at the end of the movie is the most poignant - "We came here in search of the American Dream...and instead we found a nightmare!" The movie, to me, is an indictment of western society, of the mess we have made of our families, our communities, our value system, and ultimately it's about the pain and suffering this heaps on our children. Excellent performance by the lead actress.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By alltatup on April 12, 2009
Format: DVD
I thought this film was brilliant in every way: the dialogue is witty and penetrating, the jabs at family dysfunction are right on target, and the irony is tragically perfect. Everyone in it falls victim to false values and selfishness--except for the Arab girl, whose victimization at the hands of her friends and her parents is tragic. This movie presents a portrait of the Upper Middle Class American Family at its worst; Evan Rachael Wood is nothing less than perfect--a sociopathic spawn of the devil. I loved this film.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Roberts VINE VOICE on March 4, 2007
Format: DVD
To be sure, this is the most radical high school movie I've seen since HEATHERS. If you are easily offended, this film is certainly NOT for you as it seems determined to offend just about everyone along the way.

Evan Rachel Wood portrays a character who is at once annoying, sadistic and mesmerizing. In short, Wood is magnificent. She plays a young girl named Kimberly who is used to getting her way - no matter what it takes. She manipulates people of both genders with ease, and is the ultimate hypocrite in being so conniving while at the same time attempting to convince people that she stands for intra-cultural relations.

While this movie has some fairly funny scenes, it is not a movie that will leave a good taste in your mouth - at all. Be sure & keep that in mind should you decide to watch it. It is what I would term a dark comedy about the nostalgic days of high school.
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