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The McCarthy trial

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Back in 2005, influential Variety critic Todd McCarthy saw Hard Candy at the Sundance Film Festival. Though it turned into, essentially, an audition reel for Page -- both Juno director Jason Reitman and X-Men 3 helmer Brett Ratner have said they cast her because of it -- McCarthy had many reservations about the film, a polarizing two-hander about a teenager who castrates a predator. But he also had this to say: "Self-possessed to an astonishing degree, both as an actress and as the character, Page handles her enormous load of dialogue with adult-sized portions of emotion, insinuation and driving rage, not to mention an appreciation of sexual dynamics and consequences that repeatedly astonishes. The actress will be in great demand as soon as Hollywood sees this, if she isn't already."

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