Movie List
Loading ...
Find Theaters and Movie Times
Search Movies

Hard Candy

She wants revenge
By TOM MEEK  |  April 25, 2006
2.5 2.5 Stars
HARD CANDY: Better suited to the stage?Pedophilia is no laughing matter, but given David Slade’s melodrama and its contrived twists of revelation and revenge, its somber tone in the face of ridiculous plot turns, you might find it hard to repress a giggle. Patrick Wilson’s Jeff is a suave LA photog who chats up teenage girls on-line and occasionally takes them out for cake and coffee. He seems straight up and amiable even as he leads a nymphet named Hayley (Ellen Page) back to his studio/bungalow; the teen, though, is a lot more formidable than she looks. The set-up strains credibility on screen; like David Mamet’s Oleanna, Hard Candy seems better suited to the stage. Wilson and Page are compelling and Slade demonstrates a slick stylistic flair, but the over over-the-top shock pandering renders the dark lesson convoluted and hard to swallow.
Related: Review: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Pregnant pause, The Oscars go to Hell, More more >
  Topics: Reviews , Ellen Page, David Mamet, David Slade,  More more >
| More

Most Popular
More Information
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   HOLLYWOOD, RI-STYLE  |  July 30, 2014
    The 2014 edition will premiere more than 240 films (features, shorts and documentaries) from 62 countries and 34 US states.
  •   GLOBAL CINEMA, LOCAL FLAVOR  |  August 08, 2013
    The 17th annual incarnation of the Rhode Island International Film Festival begins its weeklong run on August 6. The festival, which boasts more than 200 films from 65 countries, is a celebration of the cinematic arts with a campus feel and a focus on all things Rhode Island.
  •   REVIEW: SAFE HAVEN  |  February 14, 2013
    Somewhere along the way Nicholas Sparks went from being just a bestselling author of preachy schmaltz to a full-on franchise (he produces the movies of his books).
  •   REVIEW: FUN SIZE  |  October 31, 2012
    Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice ventures onto the big screen in this hokey Halloween misadventure.
  •   REVIEW: TAI CHI ZERO  |  October 24, 2012
    Mashup, hodgepodge, or remix — call it what you will, this kung fu odyssey from former action star Stephen Fung offers intermittent pleasures and freaky twists.

 See all articles by: TOM MEEK