Pretty Persuasion

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Director: Marcos Siega
Starring: Evan Rachel Wood, James Woods, Ron Livingston, Jane Krakowski
RunTime: 105 mins
Genre: Comedy/Drama
Rating: M18 (Sexual References)
Will Appeal To: Viewers who liked Hard Candy

After released Hard Candy, Shaw has released another movie to show that teenage girls are not to be trifled with. Pretty Persuasion is an ambitious attempt to discuss about sex, paedophilia, lesbianism, fame, racial and moral integrity all in a high school drama.

Kimberly Joyce, an intelligent and beautiful teenager will stop at nothing to become famous. Believing the world is an orchestra and she is the conductor, Kimberly masterfully manipulates all those around her. She convinces her two best friends to join her in a campaign against their befuddled teacher, Mr. Anderson to sue him for sexual assault.

Like Hard Candy, it pushes buttons on who is the actual aggressor. Will people believe a 30-plus-year-old man, more than a seemingly innocent 15-year-old girl?

As a dark comedy, Pretty Persuasion succeeds in provoking thoughts, but never running too deep. It has the potential to address issues and would have provided entertaining courtroom drama, but unfortunately falls flat towards the end.

Although this movie made less than $60,000 in US and received mix reviews, I enjoyed its brave attempt to be fearless and wickedly funny in a high school drama. That to me is something different and persuasive enough to watch.

Pretty Persuasion – Unassuming and unapologetic.

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