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Pretty Persuasion (2005)

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A 15-year-old girl incites chaos among her friends and a media frenzy when she accuses her drama teacher of sexual harassment.

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Marcos Siega

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Skander Halim
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Evan Rachel Wood ... Kimberly Joyce
David Wagner David Wagner ... Morgan (as David T. Wagner)
Brent Goldberg Brent Goldberg ... Rick
Adi Schnall ... Randa
Elisabeth Harnois ... Brittany
Stark Sands ... Troy
Jane Krakowski ... Emily Klein
Michael Hitchcock ... Headmaster Charles Meyer
Danny Comden ... Roger Nicholl
Jaime King ... Kathy Joyce
Josh Zuckerman ... Josh Horowitz
James Snyder ... Dave
Ron Livingston ... Percy Anderson
Cody McMains ... Kenny
Mike Erwin ... Barry
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Storyline

Manipulative high school sophomore Kimberly Joyce leads her friends Brittany Wells and Randa Azzouni in bringing charges of sexual assault against Percy Anderson, their English and drama teacher at an exclusive private school in Beverly Hills. Meanwhile, local reporter Emily Klein, originally assigned to do an insignificant piece on the school, hopes that the scandal will launch her into celebrity in the television news business, while Kimberly's bigoted father, Hank, is concerned primarily with the effect that his daughter's accusations may have on his business. Written by Anonymous

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Evil comes in a school uniform. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content and graphic dialogue involving teens, and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 2006 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

High School Confidential See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$58,570, 14 August 2005

Gross USA:

$305,800

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$537,126
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the casting office scene, the photos on the wall are of actual child actresses, including Tamara Hope and Lindsay Felton. See more »

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Quotes

Brittany Wells: Would you ever let a guy do that to you, Kimberly?
Kimberly Joyce: I have.
Brittany Wells: Oh, my God, who?
Kimberly Joyce: Warren.
Brittany Wells: Warren Prescott?
Kimberly Joyce: Yeah, a little while ago, when we were dating he said:
[flashback]
Warren Prescott: Kimberly, we've been going out for a long time, and I really love you, and I think it'd be cool if you'd let me pack your fudge chute.
Kimberly Joyce: At first I thought he was talking about making sundaes, but then he explained it to me and I was kind of into it.
Brittany Wells: Did it hurt?
[...]
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Soundtracks

Gare a Toi Jeune Amant
Written by Gilad Benamram (ASCAP), Ran Pink (BMI) & Flora Benamram (ACUM)
Performed by The Marionette Sextet
Recorded and Mixed by Clint Bennett
Published by EverBliss Music, Inc. (ASCAP), Ran Pink Publishing (BMI)
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I expected a good film. I received more.
23 November 2007 | by futures-1See all my reviews

I've liked every effort I've seen by young actress Evan Rachel Wood ("13" being a stellar example, and "Missing" being another). This is no exception. "Pretty Persuasion" is akin to "Election" (Reese Witherspoon) for the first half, with a dark, witty sense of humor about high school aged people playing mental "chess" with each other, their teachers, and parents. Slowly the story morphs darker, into something like "To Die For" (Nicole Kidman), with a media-made, fame-driven main character willing to do whatever it takes to reach a twisted idea of recognition and advancement. THIS would be enough for the film to be interesting and well done within its own right, but then it goes further. Further. This film is billed as a comedy. If it is, it is not for long… a) if you watch the entire thing, and b) you pay attention. I was expecting a good film. I received even more.


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