“Don’t ever take candy from a stranger or get into his car” this line has been drilled into our young little brains from teachers to parents. We have grown up being told never to trust a stranger because “stranger danger” one of my favorite lines as a child. Not only was this directed to us with our parents and teachers, but the classic folktale, “Little Red Riding Hood” has been taught to young children for many years. The stories moral is not to trust strangers and do not associate with them for any reason. While reading Perrault’s version of the classic folk tale, his moral is that children, especially young girl’s, can be eaten by wolves by just talking and trusting a stranger. He points out that women are more vulnerable and can be taken advantage of. However, in the movie Hard Candy we see the opposite and witness how women are portrayed as fighters and stand up for each other while men who try to take advantage can be overruled.
In one of the group discussions I had in class, we discussed how this could be seen as a very sexual story. By comparing Little Red to a teen and the wolf as a man, we can almost see this story as “the man” trying to hit at the girl after noticing her on the street and following her with bad intentions. Even if the girl doesn’t want to talk to the guy she might tell him where she’s going just so that he might leave her alone, which in a sense is like Little Red Riding Hood. The movie Hard Candy is very sexual and gruesome, it is a story of a fourteen year old girl who chats with a man thats eighteen years older than her. They have very adult conversations and decide to meet up at a coffee shop. They then go to the man’s house where they drink and the girl drugs the man ...
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...wonderful. Her character was brave, bright, and very sharp. Although, in the beginning her character did appear like Little Red in the novel, but she amazes the audience towards the rising action. This movie shows how women should not be considered weak and can fight for themselves.
In many fairy tales, the younger generation is taught to view men as charming and being able to swoop women off her feet and women as weak and unaware. In the story Little Red Riding Hood, we view women as acting foolish and giving out information just so they can be taken advantage of by men. However, in the movie Hard Candy we see the opposite and view the leading female character as quick, intelligent, and wise. The movie overall was very good, yet gruesome with all the torture Haley does to Jeff. In the end I would definitely recommend this crazy and heart beating movie to anyone!
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