Hard Candy (2005, USA) C-103m. SCOPE ** D: David Slade. Starring Patrick Wilson, Ellen Page, Sandra Oh, Jennifer Holmes (=Odessa Rae). Incredibly intense (albeit manipulative) psycho thriller about professional photographer Wilson, who meets 14-year-old internet acquaintance Page, takes her home with dubious motives. However, she intends him to be her victim. So intense at times, it's painful to watch (especially for men). Not without merit, but goes on longer than it should, and mostly for the sake of making you wince. Excellent performances. Written by Brian Nelson. The title is internet slang for under-age girls.

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