A student at the most exclusive private school in Beverly Hills, Kimberley Joyce (Evan Rachel Wood) is smart, sexy and shockingly cruel. Spoiled by her fabulously rich parents, she has it all but little Ms. Joyce wants more - she wants to be famous. She sees her chance when, along with two classmates, she accuses her hapless drama teacher of sexual assault. Overnight, the scandal becomes a media sensation, with Kimberley centre stage. Celebrity beckons... but just how far is the manipulative teen prepared to go?
An equal opportunities film-Something to offend everyone!
- Pretty Persuasion review by Kurtz
This film really does set out to provoke, and the black humour is often grating- take your pick from sexism, racism, homophobia, paedophilia, and good old teen nastiness- it’s all there! The result is that the film varies wildly in tone, with some decent performances lost among all the PC-bashing. I particularly liked the hopeless lawyer who appeared to have wandered in from “Dude, where’s my car?” while everyone else thought they were re-making “Heathers” and James Woods… well God only knows what he thought he was doing!