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Hard Candy

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Source: Catholic News Service

Twisted thriller about a crafty 14-year-old (Ellen Page) who turns the tables on a fashion photographer (Patrick Wilson) she met on the Internet and who, she is convinced, is a pedophile killer, baiting him into a psychological contest of wills while planning to exact sadistic vigilante justice. Director David Slade's two-character film starts out as an intriguing cautionary tale, but despite riveting performances quickly descends into exploitative territory rather than saying anything of substance about its serious subject matter, while its blurred delineation between "victim" and "predator" further muddies its murky morality. Disturbing scenes of brutality and torture, including an intense castration sequence, a suicide, sexual situations involving a minor, underage drinking, pedophilia theme, and much rough and crude language. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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