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Pretty Persuasion [DVD]

Evan Rachel Wood , James Woods , Marcos Siega    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Evan Rachel Wood, James Woods, Selma Blair, Jaime King
  • Directors: Marcos Siega
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Metrodome Distribution
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Jun 2007
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000R342QI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,310 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Revenge knows no mercy. Seeing the world as an orchestra, Kimberly manipulates those around her like the master conductor she believes herself to be. Convincing her two best friends to join her in a devastating campaign of character assassination against their befuddled teacher, Mr Anderson, Kimberly entangles the entire Bevery Hills community in her carefully woven web of seduction and deceit

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Pretty Persuasion [DVD] (2007) Evan Rachel Wood; James Woods; Selma Blair

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, but not for everyone 20 Nov 2007
Format:DVD
Despite the fact that this is an incredibly impressive film, with an amazing storyline and some fantastic acting, it is not hard to see why it did not appeal to a larger mainstream audience upon its initial release - Pretty Persuasion's sense of humour is as black as it's 'heroine's' soul. Balancing very black comedy on top of some controversial issues, such as sexual assault, teen sexuality and racial identity was always going to be a tricky feat, but both the director and the cast have managed ably, crafting a film that is not only highly watchable and enjoyable, but also has some genuinely new things to say about our media-driven society and its effect on younger generations, whilst pulling off a spectacular genre-mash two thirds of the way through when the film shifts from a comedy into a very clever psycho-drama, retaining some of the laughs but pushing the film into ever darker territories.

I don't want to spoil the film for anyone who reads this as a guide to whether the film is worth renting or buying, so i won't go into plot details. However, it is pertinent to note that the comedy is of such a dark quality that it borders on being genuinely offensive without resorting to crudeness (an incredibly impressive feat), and the moral ambiguity of many of the film's characters, in particular the lead, does not make the film easily palatable. However, Pretty Persuasion does have one absolutely massive ace up its sleeves which should have seen the film gain greater prominence - Evan Rachel Wood.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like 'Cruel Intentions' But Grittier and Darker 20 Oct 2006
By m.bison
Format:DVD
Since the first American Pie, there has been dozens of teen high school films made and released. Most of them are the same - gross out humour and stereotypical characters like the obnoxious jock and the caring, nervous, accident-prone leading man - and it was easy for them to be spoofed in `Not Another Teen Movie'. Pretty Persuasion is set in an American high school and revolves around the lives of a handful of teenagers, but it is different to the average teen film. For one, the humour is very dark and black, and the lead character is complex, manipulating and deceptive. A brunette Evan Rachel Wood (it took me ages to figure out she was the girl from `Thirteen') is the main character and her performance is excellent. She commands your attention whenever she is on screen. As Empire magazine said, it won't be long until she snatches the teen queen crown from lesser young actresses like Hilary Duff and Lindsay Lohan. Another difference to most teen films is the 18 certificate the way the film uses sex in a more serious and disturbing manner. There are no juvenile antics with an apple pie here.

The film itself is sort of a cross between `Wild Things' and `Cruel Intentions', but with slightly more time devoted to rounding out the characters. Like `Wild Things', three students make a sexual harassment claim against their teacher. The plot of the film gets going in the courtroom and some of the films funniest scenes take place here (such as the monotone courtroom reading of the detention letter cut between the actual reading of the letter in class ... followed by the lawyer's reaction to the courtroom reading), but on a number of levels the film is patchy.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pitch black comedy 25 Jun 2007
Format:DVD
Comedy doesn't get any darker than this. Other reviews will have explained the story, this is just another view of this film from the average person. (average?) I am very surprised that this film does not have many many reviews, it is so fabulous I'm also surprised that it didn't mainstream bigtime... unless its just me, but the other other reviews are pretty certain.

Everything in the film is just so brilliantly thought about and done, and the moody direstion helps the film alot, also do the the beautifally chosen characters- such as Kimberly, she is the most awsome character you will ever see in film. I don't like to admit it, but even some of my books don't have as many twists and turns as this film: the story is spectacular.

In the end, you realise that the film has pushed you into a dark little corner, and it traps you there for quite some time afterwards, if you see what I mean.

More of a big pill than a film... fantastic. One of the best films ever made, but so annoyingly underground and missunderstood!

10/10
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twisted 12 Dec 2006
Format:DVD
This is a very twisted film. You switch it off and have to sit for a minute just so that your brain can process what you have just watched. And that is pure genius! I swear this film is brillient. The main character is the darkest, most manipulative and deceptive teenage girl in the history of film and superbly acted. I don't know what else to say other than it is a mucs see for any film watcher. GENIUS!
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5.0 out of 5 stars EVAN RACHEL WOOD,,,,SO WOULD I.. 4 April 2014
By TEZ.M
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
A Fairly new discovery for me is EVW..i have seen two films, pretty persuasion and thirteen and I want to see more...I think she is a fantastic actress ..absolutely flawless..i want to sleep with her.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
quite good
Published 2 months ago by w.j.kinstrie
1.0 out of 5 stars not worth buying
Thought it would be similar to American beauty BUT more like American embarrassment.
meant to be humorous but did not laugh one bit. Read more
Published 9 months ago by mouse
2.0 out of 5 stars Not sure about this.
I was intrigued and disappointed.
The acting was great and engrossing. Each character really came across well. Read more
Published 9 months ago by R. Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars Favourite movie
The package arrived fine and quickly. A greatly under-rated movie in my opinion. I especially liked the DVD cover on this version.
Published 11 months ago by Lizzie
5.0 out of 5 stars BIG BAG OF FUN
Evan Rachel Wood (Kimberly Joyce)was masterful in her performance. The film contains comical overdone simulated sex scenes. Read more
Published 14 months ago by The Movie Guy
1.0 out of 5 stars S***
Crap movie, typically american with a bad story and bad acting, better of using the budget to go to hawaii.
Published 16 months ago by bh
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
I have only just watched this film which in my opinion is rubbish, so this is a very silly request to make of me... is that enough words!
Published 16 months ago by Mr. R. J. E. Biden
4.0 out of 5 stars cool
this was my second viewing of this film ,and a re introduction to evan rachael wood ,never bordering on the pornographic ,i found the story of a vindictive teen ,who successfully... Read more
Published 17 months ago by PAUL HIGGINS
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
This film is really intense, it strarts off ok but slowly and surely deteriorates. Very strange film. Is a specific crowd that would like it but not everyone's cup of tea. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Davina McCall No1 Fan
2.0 out of 5 stars Ordered this for a friend.
I ordered this on request from a friend and watched later myself.I my personal opinion it is rubbish! This however is only my opinion.
Published 20 months ago by readerman
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