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Hard Candy (2005)

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Drama, Thriller |

Hard Candy is a American thriller film focusing on a 14-year-old female vigilante’s trapping and torture of a man whom she suspects of being a sexual predator. The film was directed by David Slade, written by Brian Nelson, and starred Ellen Page and Patrick Wilson. It was the first feature film for Slade, who had primarily directed music videos.

The film premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, and was screened at the Florida Film Festival in April 2006. It had limited release in two theaters in the US. The film made over $7 million at the box office, including almost $6 million from outside the US, on a budget of under $1 million.

14-year-old Hayley Stark and 32-year-old photographer Jeff Kohlver engage in a sexually charged, flirtatious online chat. Jeff and Hayley meet at a coffeehouse, and he takes her back to his house. Hayley makes them both screwdrivers and asks him to take photographs. Before he can, Jeff loses consciousness.

When Jeff wakes, he is bound to a chair. Hayley explains she has been tracking him and drugged him because she knows he is a pedophile, rapist, and murderer. Jeff denies these allegations, claiming he had innocent intentions. Hayley searches Jeff’s house and finds his gun and safe.

Director: David Slade

Writer: Brian Nelson

Stars: Patrick Wilson, Ellen Page, Sandra Oh

Cast:

Patrick WilsonJeff Kohlver
Ellen PageHayley Stark
Sandra OhJudy Tokuda
Odessa RaeJanelle Rogers (as Jennifer Holmes)
G.J. EchternkampNighthawks Clerk (as Gilbert John)
Cori BrightGirl in Nighthawks (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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