Wow, what a twisted little movie! I first heard about this film some months ago, around the time of its limited theatrical run. Unfortunately, it never came to my area; it sort of slipped to the back of my mind. Then, a co-worker asked me if I had seen it, of course I hadn't. He then went on to tell me I absolutely had to see it. Okay, I'll bite. I made it a point to see it. Now I have, and that brings me back to my first comment — What a twisted little movie.
Independent films are an interesting beast. There are a lot of them, a lot of junk, a lot of undiscovered classics, and even more that fill the seas between those shores. You will occasionally pick up a movie based on its title, or a particular star, or cover art, or some other inane reason in the hopes it will be a good movie. Sometimes you end up at the high end with something like Session 9 or somewhere else with a movie like Sorry, Hater. That is not to say that either one of them is a bad movies, but they appeal to different people for different reasons, and by the choices I made you get a decent idea of the direction my tastes lie.
There are still other indie films that build up something of a reputation around them. Hard Candy is one of those movies. It may not have always been at the forefront of my mind, but there is no denying it has had some buzz around it for a little while. To give you an idea of the reaction people have to the film, consider my way of giving a hint to the movies content, while never giving anything away. They would ask me what it was about. I would just tell them the title refers to internet slang meaning underage girls, which, if you believe the trivia about the film is true. I honestly cannot confirm nor deny it. The reactions range from the intrigued to the disgusted. After you see the movie, you will get it better, whether you like the film or not.