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Hard Candy

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Ellen Page, Patrick Wilson, ...
Hard Candy: Mark Lowry

Hard Candy

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
103 minutes
Limited Release Date:
04/14/06
performer:
Ellen Page, Patrick Wilson
director:
David Slade
distributor:
Lions Gate Films
author:
Brian Nelson
genre:
Mystery and Thriller

We gave it an A-

Hard Candy director David Slade brings a visual ferocity to Brian Nelson’s unsettling script that craftily tests the audience’s sympathies for an Internet pedophile and a seemingly helpless 14-year-old.

EXTRAS A superb making-of explains how a then-bald Ellen Page beat out 300 other girls for her role by interpreting Hayley as Joan of Arc. Co-star Patrick Wilson admits, in one of two commentaries, that he actually passed out while filming the most traumatizing male movie scene since Deliverance. Just a warning: One of the film’s early titles was Snip Snip.