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Seven Pounds & Hard Candy - Movie Reviews

10/10/09

Seven Pounds & Hard Candy - Movie Reviews

Every now and then someone will ask, "What is the worst movie you have ever seen?" Most of the time I never can think of any, until now. I wish I could have back the 3 plus hours I spent watching these two movies. Let's start with Seven Pounds. I'm a huge fan of Will Smith. Will and I have been together since he started out as a rapper and then moved to the small screen with Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

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Summary courtesy of Netflix.com

Distraught over his wife's death -- and convinced that his own actions had something to do with it -- a depressed IRS agent (Will Smith) begins plotting his suicide, vowing to improve the lives of seven strangers in the process. But a chance meeting with a woman who has a life-threatening heart defect (Rosario Dawson) makes him think twice when their budding relationship suddenly feels a lot like love.
Rated PG-13 For thematic material, some disturbing content and a scene of sensuality
Age14Iffy for 14+ (more)
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Length:
123 minutes
Cast:
Will Smith


Rosario Dawson

Woody Harrelson


Madison Pettis

Barry Pepper


Michael Ealy

Sarah Jane Morris


Robinne Lee

Bill Smitrovich


Steve Tom

Elpidia Carrillo


Gina Hecht

Judyann Elder


Joe Nunez

Apparently what happened when I added this to my Netflix queue I saw Will Smith and the words  IRS agent and changing the lives of others.  In my world I thought he was going to embezzle funds and give it to seven people and that is how he would change their lives. That will teach me to read the summary more carefully! This flick was depressing as it focused on survivors guilt. I understand that it exists but that is not what I thought I was going to see. It was generous of him to provide pounds of flesh and give back to those in need but I would not waste your time with this one. Sorry Will, maybe next time.

I'm not sure where I had heard the buzz about Hard Candy but I do like Ellen Page. She was fun in Juno and I can't wait to see her in Whip It. I knew this movie was about vigilante methods on a child molester but I don't think I was really prepared.


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 Summary courtesy of Netflix.com
In this suspenseful drama from director David Slade, Hayley (Ellen Page) is an intelligent teen who's been spending time with Geoff (Patrick Wilson), a much older man she met online. Even though Geoff is a charming, good-looking photographer, Hayley should know better than to go home with a guy in his early thirties, especially since he may have ulterior motives. Of course, Hayley may have underlying motives of her own. …
DVD
Rated R For disturbing violent and aberrant sexual content involving a teen, and for language
Length:
103 minutes
Director:
David Slade
Cast:
Patrick Wilson


Ellen Page

Sandra Oh


Jennifer Holmes

Gilbert John


The subject matter didn't shake me but honestly I just couldn't believe that a 14 year old could do the things that the writer was asking me to believe. She was selling it but I wasn't buying it at all. Sandra Oh as the nosey neighbor? After seeing her as Dr. Chang in Grey's Anatomy I wasn't buying her character either. Sorry Ellen & Sandra, maybe next time. Patrick Wilson did give me that creepy vibe, his character was believable. Save your time on this one and do something else!

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