Pretty Persuasion

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Released 2005

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Director:
Marcos Siega
Released:
2005
Rating:
R
Pretty Pesruasion is a 2005 black comedy starring Evan Rachel Wood, James Woods, and Ron Livingston in a bitingly satirical story about a high school student at a wealthy private school who begins a campaign of vicious revenge against a teacher who publicly embarrassed her. Evan Rachel Wood plays Kimberly Joyce, a pretty fifteen-year-old at Roxbury High School, an upper-class institution in Beverly Hills, California. Kimberly has always lived a privileged life. Her sense of entitlement gets the best of her when she takes unreasonable offense when her teacher Percy Anderson (Livingston) humiliates her. Kimberly, with the help of a couple friends, accuse Percy of sexual harassment, leading to a high-profile media frenzy that no one can walk away clean from. Pretty Persuasion is a dark and funny story from director Marcos Siega that highlights some of the less-celebrated aspects of the American upper-class and a culture obsessed with entertainment.

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  • 80

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    An obscene, misanthropic go-for-broke satire, Pretty Persuasion is so gleefully nasty that the fact that it was even made and released is astonishing. Much of it is also extremely ...

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    It's too bad that the satire is not more pointed, because Pretty Persuasion is outrageously funny in short blasts, mainly thanks to James Woods at his most gleefully depraved.

  • 40

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    An exercise in bad taste that takes itself just seriously enough to be offensive.

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