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Genre  Comedy, Drama
Initial DVD release  December 13, 2005
Writer  Skander Halim
Language  English
6.6/10 IMDb

Director  Marcos Siega
Screenplay  Skander Halim
Country  United States
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Release date  January 22, 2005 (2005-01-22) (Sundance Film Festival)August 12, 2005 (2005-08-12) (United States)
Cast  Evan Rachel Wood (Kimberly Joyce), Selma Blair (Grace Anderson), David Wagner (Morgan), Brent Goldberg (Rick), Adi Schnall (Randa), Elisabeth Harnois (Brittany)
Similar movies  Disclosure, The Magdalene Sisters, Oppressed Majority, Aitraaz, Betty Boop's Big Boss, Atacada: la teorĂ­a del dolor
Tagline  The devil wears a grey skirt and her name is Kimberly Joyce.

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Pretty Persuasion is a 2005 American black comedy/satirical film about a 15-year-old schoolgirl who makes an allegation of sexual harassment against her drama teacher. The film's tagline is: "Revenge knows no mercy." It was written by Skander Halim and directed by Marcos Siega. It stars Evan Rachel Wood, James Woods and Ron Livingston and was released in the US on August 12, 2005 in select theaters.


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Kimberly Joyce (Evan Rachel Wood) is a high school student at Roxbury, a Beverly Hills school for the wealthy. She and her best friend Brittany (Elisabeth Harnois) take Randa (Adi Schnall), a new student who recently immigrated from the Middle East, under their wing. When Kimberly decides to take her revenge on a teacher, Percy Anderson (Ron Livingston), who humiliated Brittany, she draws everyone - including her friends, family, and the media (a reporter played by Jane Krakowski) - into her plot, resulting in unforeseen repercussions. The film makes use of twists and flashbacks to tell its story.


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  • Evan Rachel Wood as Kimberly Joyce
  • James Woods as Hank Joyce
  • Ron Livingston as Percy Anderson
  • Elisabeth Harnois as Brittany
  • Adi Schnall as Randa
  • Stark Sands as Troy
  • Jane Krakowski as Emily Klein
  • Michael Hitchcock as Headmaster Charles Meyer
  • Danny Comden as Roger Nicholl
  • Jaime King as Kathy Joyce
  • Josh Zuckerman as Josh Horowitz
  • James Snyder as Dave
  • Cody McMains as Kenny
  • Selma Blair as Grace Anderson
  • Clyde Kusatsu as Judge Carl Munro
  • Robert Joy as Larry Horowitz
  • Octavia Spencer as Woman
  • Themes

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    The plot primarily focuses on sexual harassment accusations within a school system, as well as the repercussions of one 15-year-old girl's actions. But the film also makes commentary on many other social issues in contemporary American culture as well, many of them being controversial. Some of the topics that are commented on include racism, ignorance, discrimination, gender identity, homosexuality, intolerance, immigration, teenage behavior, suicide, parenting, deceit, and fascination with celebrity status and the entertainment industry.


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  • The film was nominated for the 2005 Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
  • It won the German Independence Award (Audience Award) at the 2005 Oldenburg International Film Festival.
  • Reception

    Roger Ebert called it "daring, and well-acted", but also said that it "exists uneasily somewhere between comedy and satire." Phil Villarreal of the Arizona Daily Star called the film a "scathing and hilarious social satire." While Stephen Holden of the New York Times praised the film: "An obscene, misanthropic go-for-broke satire, "Pretty Persuasion" is so gleefully nasty that the fact that it was even made and released is astonishing. Much of it is also extremely funny. Any satire worth its salt should not be afraid to offend, and "Pretty Persuasion" flings mud in all directions with a fearless audacity. " James Mottram of Channel 4 opined, "Hovering uncomfortably between comedy and satire, Pretty Persuasion never quite gets the balance right." Carlo Cavagna thought it a "dark teen comedy that tries way too hard to be a dark teen comedy." The Seattle Post-Intelligencer accused the film of being an "ugly, cheap attempt at satire", and Slant magazine called it "a pretty unpersuasive lecture".

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    Critic Armond White has called the film "ingenious."

    The film has a "rotten" 32 percent rating at Rotten Tomatoes.


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