Lisa Schwarzbaum
December 27, 2006 AT 05:00 AM EST

Candy (Movie - 2006)

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
108 minutes
Limited Release Date
11/17/06
performer
Abbie Cornish, Heath Ledger, Geoffrey Rush
director
Neil Armfield
distributor
THINKFilm
author
Neil Armfield, Luke Davies
genre
Drama, Romance

We gave it a C

A really attractive artist (A Good Year?s Abbie Cornish) loves a really attractive poet (Heath Ledger, pictured with Cornish), which is a good thing in Candy, a wildly romanticized Australian druggie drama. Except they both love heroin, which is a bad thing — and not exactly a new druggie-drama notion. Plus, even as they spiral inevitably downward from ecstasy to hell — she turns tricks, he steals — they somehow still look really attractive, which is a ridiculous thing. Geoffrey Rush, a friend of director Neil Armfield, contributes a flourish as the couple?s enabler.

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