Pretty Persuasion details
|Starring:||Evan Rachel Wood, David Wagner, Ron Livingston, James Woods, Jane Krakowski, Elisabeth Harnois, Selma Blair, Stark Sands, Danny Comden, Jaime King, Josh Zuckerman|
|Studio:||HIGH FLIERS DISTRIBUTION LTD.|
|Collections:||100 Feisty Females|
|Run time:||1 hour 47 minutes|
|Rental release:||25 Sep 2006|
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Pretty PersuasionBy SAI81 (360 reviews) from Tonbridge , 26 Jun 2006
[Highly rated reviewer]If ever there was a successor to black as night high school satire Heathers then this is it. It has super smart, super malevolent, 15 year old Kimberly Joyce (Evan Rachel Wood) and two of her friends frame their English techer fro sexual harrasment. The script is biting and gives everyone at least a few big laughs.
Evan Rachel Wood is possibly the best young actress on screen right now. Since Thirteen announced her as a major talent she's done interesting work and always given a compelling performance, Pretty Persuasion is no exception. As Kimberly Joyce ('The devil in a grey skirt') playing, by turns, the wronged innocent and one of the more memorable Femmes fatale of recent times. It may be her best performance to date (though Thirteen runs it close) if only because when Wood says 'It's like this whole world's the orchestra and I'm the conductor' you believe she could be.
There's a clutch of excellent supporting turns, most notably from James Woods who slimes his way through the film, chomping scenery as Kimberly's racist layabout of a father and nabbing some of the very best lines. Jane Krakowski, late of Ally McBeal, shows up as a lesbian tv reporter covering Kimberly's case, who Kimberly seduces for her own ends,. Krakowski was the only worthwhile thing about the remake of Alfie and again here suggests that there's more to her than Ally McBeal ever let her show.
Okay so there's a few rough edges and if you don't know Kimberly's motives 10 minutes in, well, I hope you enjoyed the first film you've ever seen but for the most part this mix of ingredients from sources like Heathers, The Last Seduction and Mean Girls is tremendously entertaining and irresistibly funny.
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Clarity problemBy gslphoto (9 reviews) from Cullompton , 30 Mar 2010This is quite a good film and sends all of the right messages, eventually. However, some of the dialogue is unintelligible as some of the actors hardly move their lips to speak and speak so quickly that I had to re-wind many scenes to find out what they were saying. Mostly, i failed. I am not deaf. That said, the film was enjoyable to a point.
Not my cup of teaBy nitram (12 reviews) from Deal , 01 Aug 2009Did not like at all slow and drab
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New talent Evan rachel wood...By englishgirlinnewyork (31 reviews) from Paignton , 06 Mar 2009Having been a big fan of evan since seeing digging to china, with kevin bacon. A talented acress at 15.
Good film, liked james woods character who never gets dressed. Mad ending.
Pretty Persuasion,Pretty goodBy LUMINOUS from Ciderland , 06 Mar 2009A satire on the means to become famous these days. This story is of a girl who creates her own PR to ensure success and she will use anyone and anything including herself to achieve her goal. Talent is pointed out to us as being secondary. Very good intelligent and superb performances by all, though James Woods is perhaps so over the top its almost frightening yet oddly enjoyable.
Pretty Plagiarised!By AngelC80 (94 reviews) from Leicester , 27 Jan 2009This film is basically what would happen if you combined Heathers, Clueless and Wild Things! There are actually scenes in the film where you think the director is trying to mimic scenes from the other movies. Having said that, if you liked the aforementioned films then there is nothing stopping you enjoying this one regardless of it's lack of ingenuity!
The plot - falsified allegations of sexual assault directed at school teacher by vengeful teenage girls - is immensely transparent. The acting is good, with Evan Rachel Wood (personally think she was much better in Running With Scissors) and a strong supporting cast including Selma Blair and James Woods. Perhaps a little slow, but overall an enjoyable film - better than Mean Girls, not as good as Heathers.