Tonight at 8/7c we’re showing “Hard Candy,” the delightful and light-hearted tale of a teenage girl entrapping an online pedophile. The film stars Ellen Page in her pre-“Juno” days as Hayley, a 14-year-old girl whose emotional maturity seems to betray her tender age. She agrees to meet Jeff (Patrick Wilson) a thirtysomething fashion photographer in person after becoming acquainted with him in an online chat room. Jeff’s intentions toward his young chat buddy seem less than honorable. After meeting in a coffeehouse and getting to know each other briefly in person, Jeff invites Haley back to his place, and it’s not long before Jeff’s underage guest is pouring drinks and posing provocatively for an impromptu photo shoot. As the evening’s questionable activities take a decidedly sordid slant and the raptorial Jeff appears poised to strike, a sudden turn of events finds that his apparent victim has had a plan of her own from the very beginning. The resulting encounter finds the line between predator and prey slipping slowly out of focus in director David Slade’s provocative thriller. In short, Hayley is a bad ass. Thinking about “Hard Candy” got us debating ultra tough kick ass teenage girls and thus a list was born.
Five Bad Ass Teen Girls We Love:
1. Veronica Sawyer from “Heathers”
2. Hit Girl from “Kick Ass”
3. Roxy Richter from “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”
4. Hayley from “Hard Candy”
5. Shu Lien from “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon”
“Hard Candy” airs tonight at 8 PM ET and on Thursday, Mar. 8 at 8:05 PM ET