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37 Things Learned From the ‘Hard Candy’ Commentary

By  · Published on January 27th, 2012

Commentary: Hard Candy

In honor of our brave rejects battling the snowy terrain and darkened theaters of Sundance, we felt it best to revisit a recent breakout hit from the film festival. As luck would have it, a shiny, slightly used copy of Hard Candy ended up in the DVD player this week. It’s called serendipity. Whatever you want to call it, it’s a fine film, and there is sure to be plenty to gleam off of the actors involved.

That’s right. Actors. We’re giving the directors/writers/producers/best boys a break this week and delving into the minds of Hard Candy’s two leads, Ellen Page and Patrick Wilson. It’s the first time we’ve checked out a commentary involving only actors. This uncharted territory could be rocky, or it could be fascinating. One thing is for sure, though. The chances of it being boring are about as slim as Wilson’s character ever getting the upper hand in this film. So here, in all of its uncomfortable glory, all the great things we learned from listening to Patrick Wilson and Ellen Page talk about Hard Candy. We’ll keep the Goldfrapp comments to a minimum.

Hard Candy (2005)

Commantators: Ellen Page (actor), Patrick Wilson (actor), lots of Canadian talk.

Best in Commentary

“What’s so interesting about this film is that you have a character written for a 14-year-old girl with intelligence and passion, and when do we see that? Not really that often.” – Page

“So much of this film is ambiguous. At the end, do you know any more about these people? Not really. In one sense, yeah, you know about their human emotion, but we don’t get caught up in the details.” – Wilson

Final Thoughts

It’s very interesting listening to a commentary track involving just actors after listening to so many with the film makers behind the film. If the Hard Candy commentary is any indication, commentaries with actors come off as a lot more casual. Patrick Wilson and Ellen Page bounce off of one another going from topic to topic and making cracks about their characters throughout. It’s not the easiest thing to try and keep track of the different stories from the set, but the relaxed nature of their commentary makes for a much more enjoyable experience than “This guy did this. That girl did that” or going over a play-by-play of what’s happening in the film. Wilson does fall into that on occasion here, even giving voice to Jeff’s inner monologue at certain times. However, all in all, the commentary he and Page provide Hard Candy is both insightful and incredibly entertaining, eh.

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