Hard Candy

Worst first-date movie … ever.

Otherwise, this chilling, very-effective thriller, sparked by a fully-committed performance from Ellen Page, hits with uncommon fury.

Following a 14-year-old girl, wearing a Little Red Riding Hood-style hoodie, as she meets with a thirtysomething dude who oozes sleazy danger, it presents us with a dangerous question.

Is the man a monster hiding in suburbia, or just a moron?

Director David Slade plays with our expectations, while Page stalks the screen like a tiger trapped in a teen’s body, righteously intent on exacting revenge.

Two years before Juno, this was early proof she was one to watch.

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