Every generation needs an anti-heroin movie to scare the living bee jeebees out of them so that they never even consider taking up the habit. Australian director Neil Armfield adapts Luke Davies’ novel with a pedantic and ham-fisted approach that partially undermines effective performances from Heath Ledger and Abbie Cornish (“Somersault”). Dan (Ledger) and Candy (Cornish) are a couple of active youngsters caught up in the throes of a whirlwind romance when the dark specter of heroin transforms their promising existence into a nightmare of despair and illness. Falling firmly between anti-drug genre films like the superior “Christiane F.” (1981) and the unwatchable “Sweet Nothing” (1996), “Candy” is the kind of movie that would be mandatory for high school consumption if not for its authentic depiction of sex.
Rated R. 108 mins. (B-) (Three Stars)
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