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HARD CANDY (2005)

A film by David Blade.

Cast:Patrick Wilson, Ellen Page, Sandra Oh

After three weeks of chatting with the thirty-two year old photographer Jeff Kohlver over the Internet, fourteen year old Hayley Stark meets him in the Nighthawks coffee shop. Hayley flirts with him in spite of the age difference and proposes to go to his house. Once there, she prepares a screwdriver for them and Jeff passes out. When he awakes, he is tied up to a chair, and Hayley accuses him of pedophilia. Jeff denies the accusation, and Hayley begins to torture him in a cat and mouse game. Ellen Page was nearly passed over for the role of Hayley because she had a shaved head from her role in Mouth to Mouth when she filmed the audition tape she submitted. The opening scenes at Nighthawks was shot last, with the set of Jeff’s house transformed into a coffee shop. The very last scene they shot for the film was the bit where Hailey goes into the bathroom and changes into the T-shirt. The inspiration comes from Japan. Producer David Higgins had read reports of Japanese schoolgirls ambushing men who surfed the Internet for underage dates and later developed the story. ome working titles were “Vendetta” and “Snip Snip”. “Hard Candy” was finally chosen because it implies both sweetness and spice. The expression is also slang for an under-aged girl, amongst pedophiles who troll the internet. Due to the controversial nature of the film, the budget was kept under a million dollars so the studio wouldn’t ask to change anything.

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