• Hard Candy (2005)

Hard Candy

Release Date: 2005

DVD Release Date: September 19th, 2006

R |1 hr 43 min

Plot Summary

Hayley (Ellen Page) is a precocious teenager who goes to a coffee shop to meet Jeff (Patrick Wilson), the photographer she met on the Internet. Jeff thinks he is in for a real treat, but Hayley plays a trick on him. After drugging Jeff and tying him down, Hayley reveals that she knows Jeff preys on teenage girls and she has a plan to wring a confession from him.

Cast: Patrick Wilson, Ellen Page, Sandra Oh, Odessa Rae, Gilbert John

Director: David Slade

Genres: Drama , Thriller

Production Co: IcePack Pictures, Vulcan Productions

Keywords: Dark, Revenge, 2000s, Deception, Gritty

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Hard Candy is impressive and effective. As for what else it may be, each audience member will have to decide. show more

  • 70
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    To give the film its due, the direction is expert, the writing is shrewd, the cinematography is stylish, and the performances are extraordinary... Hard Candy is also sadistic in its own right, relentlessly ugly, entirely heartless and eventually unendurable. It's torture.

  • 90
    Michael RechtshaffenThe Hollywood Reporter

    To pull this kind of thing off you need exceptional performances, and the two leads rise commandingly to the challenge. Wilson, best known for his work in the screen version of "The Phantom of the Opera" and HBO's "Angels in America," keeps his true colors effectively muted throughout the bulk of their face-off, but it is Page who astonishes. show more

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