Chris Willman
July 12, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Hard Candy

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
103 minutes
Limited Release Date
04/14/06
performer
Ellen Page, Patrick Wilson
director
David Slade
distributor
Lions Gate Films
author
Brian Nelson
genre
Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B-

That Coke ad was no fluke: Adam Duritz and underlings really mean to go for the gold this time, leaving the mopiness of recent duds largely behind in favor of sprightly tunes that all but scream ”follow-up single.” Beneath the surface shimmer are 13 more doleful songs about the impossibility of Duritz’s ever forging a lasting relationship, but it’s clear from his use of outright pop as a Candy wrapper that he’s been even more troubled by the buying public’s commitment problem.

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