Kelly Ann Hu is an American actress, voice artist, former fashion model and beauty queen, Miss Teen USA 1985 and Miss Hawaii USA 1993. Hu starred as Dr. Rae Chang on the American television soap opera Sunset Beach and as Michelle Chan on the American television police drama series Nash Bridges, she has starred in numerous films including The Scorpion King as Cassandra, Cradle 2 the Grave as Sona, X2 as Yuriko Oyama/Lady Deathstrike, The Tournament as Lai Lai Zhen, White Frog. Hu has had recurring roles as Pearl on the CW series The Vampire Diaries, as China White on the CW series Arrow, as Abigail Cho on the Syfy series Warehouse 13, as Stacy Hirano in the animated series Phineas and Ferb and as Oroku Karai/Hamato Miwa on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Was born in Honolulu, the daughter of Juanita Perez, an engineering drafter from Honolulu, Herbert Hu, a salesman and exotic bird breeder, her parents divorced during Hu's childhood. Her brother, Glenn, is a Resource Manager in the United States Army.
She is of Chinese and Hawaiian descent. She attended Maʻemaʻe Elementary Kamehameha Schools in Honolulu, Hawaii. Hu has held a lifelong interest in singing and dancing and has been interested in martial arts since her early childhood. Hu's cousin was a successful model in Japan, Hu decided to follow her example. Kelly Hu won the title of Miss Hawaii Teen USA and competed in the Miss Teen USA 1985 pageant, becoming the Miss Teen USA pageant's third titleholder in history and its first Asian American winner. Hu has mentioned in interviews that her mother had told her America was not ready for an Asian as such a prominent role model, she discovered after winning that she was prohibited from appearing in non-contest related activities for the year of her reign, though this rule was changed in years. Hu modeled in Japan and Italy, became well known in the latter as the star of a series of television advertisements for Philadelphia brand cream cheese, playing a young Japanese college student named Kaori.
Hu won the title of Miss Hawaii USA in 1993, becoming the first former Miss Teen USA to win a Miss USA state title. In the 1993 Miss USA pageant, held in Wichita, Kansas, Hu entered the top 10 in second place, after winning the preliminary interview competition and placing second and third in swimsuit and evening gown, she made the top 6 ranked second, winning the top 10 evening gown competition and placing second in swimsuit. She was eliminated in 4th place after the judges' questions, just 2/100 of a point from the final three. Hu moved to Los Angeles and began her acting career in 1987, with a guest starring role as Mike Seaver's Hawaiian love interest on the sitcom Growing Pains. Hu followed this with appearances on various television series, including Night Court, Tour of Duty, 21 Jump Street and Melrose Place, her first film role was in Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan. In 1995, Hu starred as an undercover police officer in the film No Way Back. Hu was cast as Dr. Rae Chang on Sunset Beach for six months in 1997.
Afterwards, she was cast as police officers Michelle Chan in the television series Nash Bridges, Pei Pei "Grace" Chen on Martial Law. Her subsequent film appearances include The Scorpion King, Cradle 2 the Grave, X2 as Yuriko Oyama/Deathstrike, she was Agent Mia Chen on the last three episodes of the television series Threat Matrix in 2004. She starred in 2005's Underclassman alongside Nick Cannon and in 2006's Americanese and Devil's Den. During the first quarter of 2007, she completed filming the film Stilletto, followed by Farmhouse. In January 2007, Hu began appearing in a full-time role on the television series In Case of Emergency, she played Kelly Lee, a Korean American woman who accidentally reunites with her high school classmates and realizes none of them grew up according to their high school plans. The show did not have a successful run, being cancelled after airing 12 episodes and leaving its season finale un-aired; the same year she appeared in films The Air I Shanghai Kiss. In 2009, she appeared in the film The Tournament as Lai-Lai Zhen.
In April 2009, Hu developed the character JIA for Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology. She was the first guest actor to cross over between the television series NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS, playing Lee Wuan Kai in a two-episode arc within both series. In 2010 and 2011, Hu guest-starred as a vampire named Pearl on the CW television series The Vampire Diaries. In 2010, Hu began a recurring role on the CBS television series Hawaii Five-0. In 2012, Hu was cast in the role of Karai in the animated series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, she commented: "It wouldn't quite be the first time I played a ninja, I think. Yeah, I don't know why people think I'm dangerous, but for some reason, I keep getting these roles for the ninja, bodyguard, bad-girl type." In 2013, she joined the cast of the series Warehouse 13 as Abigail Cho, the new owner of the Warehouse-connected B&B. She provided voice talents in video games including Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II The Sith Lords as Visas Marr, the Sith woman who joins the Jedi Exile's party, Batman: Arkham Origins as Lady Shiva, among the eight assassins hired by Black Mask to kill Batman.
In a personal first, she lent both her face and voice to the in-game character Khai Minh Dao in Battlefield Hardline, who partnered alongside the protagonist in half of the game levels. Hu has been featured twice in Maxim magazine. In 2015, she became the face of Viagra. Hu is an avid poker fan and has taken part in c
Roselyn Sánchez is a Puerto Rican singer/songwriter, actress and writer. On television, she is best known for her roles as Elena Delgado on the CBS police procedural Without a Trace, as Carmen Luna on the Lifetime comedy-drama Devious Maids. In film, Sánchez has appeared in Rush Hour 2, Boat Trip, The Game Plan, Act of Valor. Sánchez (birth name: Roselyn Milagros Sánchez Rodríguez in San Juan, Puerto Rico, is the youngest of four siblings, having three older brothers, she received her primary education in San Juan. At a young age, she showed an interest in both dancing and acting and would put on shows for her family. Sánchez enrolled in the University of Puerto Rico, where like her father and brothers she was to study marketing. However, after three years she left the course. In 1991, at the age of 18, Sánchez moved to New York City, where she took classes in dancing and singing, she returned to Puerto Rico, in 1992 she made her movie debut, having landed a small part as an island girl in the movie Captain Ron, filmed in Puerto Rico, starring Martin Short and Kurt Russell.
In Puerto Rico, Sánchez gained public attention as a dancer and as co-host of a variety show called Qué Vacilón. At that time, in 1993, Sánchez won the Miss Puerto Rico Petite contest, in 1994 she won the international title of Miss American Petite, bringing her international fame. Sánchez has been named to numerous annual lists of beautiful women including Maxim Magazine's "Hot 100" in 2001, 2002 and 2006. In 2001, Sánchez was cast as Isabella Molina, an undercover United States Secret Service agent, Jackie Chan's love interest in the hit movie Rush Hour 2. In 2003, she played the role of Lorena in the movie Chasing Papi, starring alongside Jaci Velasquez and Sofia Vergara. Sánchez has acted in some 20 movies, including as Maria in Edison and as Karen Lopez in Underclassman, she starred in the Puerto Rican film Cayo, released in 2005. In 2003, her first musical recording, Borinqueña, was released; the album's first single, "Amor Amor", gained a lot of attention as well as a Latin Grammy nomination for Best Music Video.
She appeared in Craig David's music videos "Hidden Agenda" and "Personal" and in the Fabolous video for the song "Make Me Better". In the fall of 2005, Sánchez joined the cast of the CBS television series Without a Trace, where she played Agent Elena Delgado to 2009, she composed the musical Yellow, about a singer/dancer/actress who leaves Puerto Rico to hit the big time in New York, in which she played the principal part. The movie was filmed in 2005 and released in 2007. In 2007, she acted as Monique, the ballet teacher, in The Game Plan, in 2009, starred in The Perfect Sleep, a neo-noir drama, co-starring Patrick Bauchau, Tony Amendola, Isaac Singleton, Peter Lucas. In 2011, Sánchez made a guest appearance on TNT's Rizzoli & Isles, playing villainous attorney Valerie Delgado. In 2012, Sánchez was cast opposite Ana Ortiz of ABC comedy-drama pilot Devious Maids, created by Marc Cherry. On May 14, 2012, the pilot was not picked to series by ABC for the 2012–13 United States network schedule. However, on June 22, 2012, Lifetime picked up the pilot with a thirteen-episode order.
The series premiered June 2013, on Lifetime. Sánchez was married from August 9, 1998, to April 15, 2001, to the English actor, former boxer and former model Gary Stretch. After her divorce, she started a relationship with Puerto Rican salsa singer Víctor Manuelle. However, in December 2005, she announced. Sanchez became engaged to actor Eric Winter in December 2007 after two years of dating and they married on 29 November 2008, in San Juan, Puerto Rico; the couple have two children together: daughter and son, Dylan. Sánchez is a supporter of animal rights and an active member of PETA, she appeared nude in a PETA ad in support of anti-fur campaign efforts. She is the spokesperson of the Fundación de Niños San Jorge, which assists sick children from poor families. 2003: Borinqueña List of Puerto Ricans Roselyn Sánchez on IMDb Roselyn Sánchez on Twitter
Nicholas Scott Cannon is an American actor, rapper, television host and activist. On television, Cannon began as a teenager on All That before going on to host The Nick Cannon Show, Wild'N Out, America's Got Talent, Lip Sync Battle Shorties and The Masked Singer, he acted in the films Drumline, Love Don't Cost Roll Bounce. As a rapper he released his debut self-titled album in 2003 with the hit single "Gigolo", a collaboration with singer R. Kelly. In 2007 he played the role of the fictional footballer TJ Harper in the film Goal II: Living the Dream. In 2006, Cannon recorded the singles "Dime Piece" and "My Wife" for the planned album Stages, never released. Cannon married American R&B/pop singer Mariah Carey in 2008; the pair separated and filed for divorce in December 2014. The divorce was finalized in 2016. Cannon was born on October 1980, in San Diego, California. Cannon was raised by his paternal grandfather, whom both he and his biological father called'dad'; as a kid Cannon grew up in Lincoln Park's Bay Vista Housing Projects, a gang-ridden section of Southeast San Diego.
While in his teenage years he was affiliated with the "Lincoln Park Bloods" street gang, but stated that he left behind his affiliations after losing a close friend. In 1998, he graduated from Monte Vista High School in Spring Valley, where he was president of the African Student Coalition and participated in track and field. Cannon received his first break doing stand-up comedy on his father's local cable access program; as a teenager, Cannon formed the rap group "Da G4 Dope Bomb Squad" with his friend Steve Groves. After signing with Jive Records in 2001, he was featured alongside Romeo Miller and 3LW on the Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius soundtrack with a cover of the 1988 hit song "Parents Just Don't Understand", his debut self titled album was released in 2003 and included the single "Your Pops Don't Like Me". In 2005, Cannon formed his own record label, Can-I-Ball Records, with plans to release his second studio album, entitled Stages that year; the album's first single, "Can I Live?", a pro-life song, was released in July 2005 followed by the second single "Dime Piece" in March 2006.
It was never released because of Nick Cannon's acting career. In 2009 Nick Cannon formed a new label after cancelling his old label Can-I-Ball Records entitled N'Credible Entertainment. In 2010, Cannon created a parody of hip hop pioneer Slick Rick entitled "Slick Nick", he released two songs by the character such as "I'm a Slick Rick", a freestyle of Cali Swag District's "Teach Me How to Dougie" in which he attempted to diss hip hop mega-star Eminem, "Nick's Story", a freestyle rap version of Slick Rick's "Children's Story". On December 6, 2011, Nick Cannon released his debut mixtape entitled Child of the Corn. On July 26, 2013 Nick Cannon premiered his new single "Me Sexy" and announced over seven years after the shelving of his album Stages that he was working on a new second studio album entitled White People Party Music featuring collaborations with Afrojack, Pitbull and Polow da Don; the album's second single "Looking for a Dream" was released on February 11, 2014. The song features Afrojack.
The music video was released on VEVO on February 13. On November 16, 2016, Nick Cannon released his second mixtape The Gospel of Ike Turn Up: My Side of the Story. Prior to the release of the mixtape, a music video for the single "If I Was Your Man" was released on November 7, 2016; the song features Jeremih and the music video features a cameo appearance by Chili of TLC. On December 2, 2016, Nick Cannon released. In 2005, Cannon created and hosted the MTV improv comedy series Wild'N Out; that same year he hosted the so-called slime stunt on Nickelodeon's 2005 Kids' Choice Awards in which a human cannonball was shot into slime. He hosted the first and only season of Nickelodeon's Friday Night Slimetime. In addition, he was the DJ on Ellen DeGeneres's Bigger, And Wider show. On December 11, 2009, Cannon hosted the Nickelodeon HALO Awards along with Justin Timberlake, Hayden Panettiere, LeBron James, Kelly Rowland and Alicia Keys. On July 4, 2011, Cannon hosted the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, an annual American competitive eating competition.
On November 12, 2012, MTV2 announced. The revived show was produced by Cannon's Ncredible Entertainment, the series premiered in 2013 with a few returning faces joined by a roster of fresh talents; when asked about the show coming back, Cannon said, "With our show's original cast, everyone from Kevin Hart to Katt Williams, Affion Crockett and Taran Killam becoming household names, I am looking forward to working with MTV2 as we work to introduce the biggest comedic stars of tomorrow with the return of Wild'N Out." Rapper Big Boi of Outkast has confirmed in a tweet on Twitter he was shooting an episode on January 29, 2013 in NYC and for people to join in the audience. Season 5 of the show premiered on July 2013, to the highest ratings in MTV2 history, it was renewed for season 6 and 7, airing in two blocks, the 2nd to resume late 2015, or early 2016. On November 4, 2013, Cannon was the master of ceremonies as well as an honoree at the annual Ebony Magazine Power 100 Awards. In 2014, he began hosting Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon on NBC.
On August 4, 2016, Wild'N Out returned for its 8th season after three record-breaking seasons. From 2009 to 2016, Cannon served as the host of America's Got Talent, he announced he would not be back for 2017, citing creative differences between him and executives at NBC. The resignation came in the wake of news that the network considered fi
Hugh Richard Bonneville Williams, known professionally as Hugh Bonneville, is an English actor. He is best known for playing Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham in the ITV historical drama series Downton Abbey, his performance on the show earned him a nomination at the Golden Globes and two consecutive Primetime Emmy Award nominations. Bonneville was born in Paddington, London, to a mother, a nurse and a father, a urological surgeon, he was educated at Dulwich College Preparatory School and at Sherborne School, an independent school in Dorset. Following secondary education, Bonneville read theology at Corpus Christi College and studied acting at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London, he left Cambridge with a 2:2 in theology and has since said that he tended to do more acting than academic work. Bonneville is an alumnus of the National Youth Theatre. Bonneville's first professional stage appearance was at Regent's Park. In 1987, he joined the National Theatre where he appeared in several plays the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1991, where he played Laertes to Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet.
He played Valentine in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Bergetto in'Tis Pity She's a Whore and Surly in The Alchemist. In 1991, Bonneville made his television debut, billed as Richard Bonneville, his debut film was 1994's Mary Shelley's Frankenstein with Robert De Kenneth Branagh. His early roles were good-natured bumbling characters like Bernie in Notting Hill and Mr Rushworth in Mansfield Park. In the BBC television series, Take A Girl Like You and Armadillo, he played more villainous characters, leading up to the domineering Henleigh Grandcourt in Daniel Deronda and the psychopathic killer James Lampton in The Commander series. In Love Again, he played the poet Philip Larkin. In Iris, he played the young John Bayley opposite Kate Winslet, with his performance lauded by critics and receiving a BAFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actor. In 2004, Bonneville played Sir Christopher Wren in the docudrama Wren -- The Man. Bonneville works extensively in radio, he played the role of Jerry Westerby in the BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of the John le Carré novel The Honourable Schoolboy, first broadcast in January 2010.
Earlier, he appeared in the surreal parallel universe comedy Married. From 2010 until 2015, he appeared in the ITV period drama Downton Abbey, as Robert, Earl of Grantham. In early 2010, he appeared in the comedy film Hare. In 2011 and 2012, he starred as Ian Fletcher in the award-winning BBC comedy series Twenty Twelve, reprised the role in the 2014 BBC comedy series W1A. In December 2012, he appeared on BBC Two with co-star Jessica Hynes in World's Most Dangerous Roads, travelling through Georgia, he appeared in the much-delayed film Hippie Hippie Shake with Cillian Murphy and Sienna Miller. From 2011 until 2014, Bonneville was the narrator of the Channel 4 show The Hotel. Bonneville played Mr. Brown in the 2014 film Paddington and its 2017 sequel Paddington 2, he has appeared in the singing comedic role of The Pirate King in the ABC fairy tale-themed musical comedy extravaganza series Galavant during its 2015 and 2016 seasons. He narrated the ITV series The Cruise. In 2017, Bonneville portrayed Lord Louis Mountbatten in director Gurinder Chadha's film Viceroy's House, which depicted the tumult and violence surrounding the Partition of India during the final days of British rule.
In 2017, it was announced that Bonneville would play Roald Dahl in an upcoming biopic about the author. In 2018, Bonneville began yearly appearances as the host and narrator of the annual "From Vienna: The New Year's Celebration" episode of Great Performances, broadcast on New Year's Day on PBS in the United States, he succeeded Julie Andrews. Bonneville married Lucinda "Lulu" Evans in 1998; the couple have Felix. In 2009, Bonneville was the voice of Justice Fosse in Joseph Crilly's British premiere of Kitty and Damnation for the Giant Olive Theatre Company at the Lion & Unicorn Theatre in Kentish Town. Shortly thereafter he became Giant Olive's first patron. Bonneville is a patron of the London children's charity Scene & Heard and an ambassador for WaterAid. Trowbridge, Simon; the Company: A Biographical Dictionary of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Oxford: Editions Albert Creed, 2010. ISBN 978-0-9559830-2-3. Official website Hugh Bonneville on IMDb
Sarah Jane Morris (actress)
Sarah Jane Morris is an American actress. She is best known for her portrayal of Julia Walker on the ABC television drama Brothers & Sisters from 2006 to 2009. Morris was born to Walker and Janie Morris, a social worker, the youngest of four siblings and graduated from the private all-girls' Hutchison School in Memphis, she attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. It was there that she met her future husband, Ned Brower, whom she married on February 19, 2005, they have Emmett Andrew Brower and a daughter Beau Katherine. Morris moved to Los Angeles after college to pursue an acting career and found work on such network television series as Boston Public, Undeclared and Ed, she had a recurring role as Zoe Webb on Felicity from 2001-2002. She appeared in short-lived drama series Windfall and co-starred in films such as Look and Seven Pounds. In 2006, Morris was cast as Julia Walker, wife of Tommy Walker in the ABC drama series Brothers & Sisters.
She was regular on the show for the first three seasons and left along with Getty in 2009. In 2011 she was cast as Special Agent Erica Jane Barrett on CBS' NCIS, she guest-starred in ABC dramas Castle in 2012, Body of Proof in 2013. In 2013, Morris was cast in A&E drama pilot Occult. Sarah Jane Morris on IMDb
A student is a person enrolled in a school or other educational institution who attends classes in a course to attain the appropriate level of mastery of a subject under the guidance of an instructor and who devotes time outside class to do whatever activities the instructor assigns that are necessary either for class preparation or to submit evidence of progress towards that mastery. In the broader sense, a student is anyone who applies themselves to the intensive intellectual engagement with some matter necessary to master it as part of some practical affair in which such mastery is basic or decisive. In the United Kingdom and India, the term "student" denotes those enrolled in secondary schools and higher. In Nigeria, education is classified into four system known as a 6-3-3-4 system of education, it implies six years in primary school, three years in junior secondary, three years in senior secondary and four years in the university. However, the number of years to be spent in university is determined by the course of study.
Some courses have longer study length than others. Those in primary school are referred to as pupils; those in university, as well as those in secondary school, are being referred to as students. The Nigerian system of education has other recognized categories like the polytechnics and colleges of education; the Polytechnic gives out National Diploma and Higher National Diploma certifications after a period of two years and/or four years of study respectively. Higher National Diploma can be obtained in a different institution from where the National Diploma was obtained. However, the HND cannot be obtained without the OND certificate. On the other hand, colleges of education give out NCE after a two year period of study. In South Africa, education is divided into four bands: Foundation Phase, Intermediate Phase, Senior Phase, the Further Education and Training or FET Phase. However, because this division is newer than most schools in the country, in practice, learners progress through three different types of school: primary school, junior school, high school.
After the FET phase, learners who pursue further studies take three or four years to obtain an undergraduate degree or one or two years to achieve a vocational diploma or certificate. The number of years spent in university varies as different courses of study take different numbers of years; those in the last year of high school are referred to as'Matrics' or are in'Matric' and take the Grade 12 examinations accredited by the Umalusi Council in October and November of their Matric year. Exam papers are set and administered nationally through the National Department of Basic Education for government schools, while many private school Matrics sit for exams set by the Independent Education Board, which operates with semi-autonomy under the requirements of Umalusi.. A school year for the majority of schools in South Africa runs from January to December, with holidays dividing the year into terms. Most public or government schools are 4-term schools and most private schools are 3-term school, but the 3-term government or public schools and 4-term private schools are not rare.
Six years of primary school education in Singapore is compulsory. Primary School Secondary School Junior College There are schools which have the integrated program, such as River Valley High School, which means they stay in the same school from Secondary 1 to Junior College 2, without having to take the "O" level examinations which most students take at the end of Secondary school. International Schools are subject to overseas curriculums, such as the British, Canadian or Australian Boards. Primary education is compulsory in Bangladesh, it is a near crime to not to send children to primary school. But it is not a punishable crime; because of the socio-economic state of Bangladesh, child labour is sometimes legal. But the guardian must ensure the primary education. Everyone, learning in any institute or online may be called a student in Bangladesh. Sometimes students taking undergraduate education are called undergraduates and students taking post-graduate education may be called post-graduates.
Education System Of Bangladesh: Education is free in Brunei. Darussalam not limited to government educational institutions but private educational institutions. There are two types of educational institutions: government or public, private institutions. Several stages have to be undergone by the prospective students leading to higher qualifications, such as Bachelor's Degree. Primary School Secondary School High School Colleges University Level It takes six and five years to complete the primary and secondary levels respectively. Upon completing these two crucial stages, students/pupils have freedom to progress to sixth-form
Pretty Persuasion is a 2005 American black comedy film directed by Marcos Siega, written by Skander Halim, starring Evan Rachel Wood, James Woods, Ron Livingston, Elisabeth Harnois, Jane Krakowski. Its plot follows a 15-year-old student at an elite Beverly Hills academy who accuses her drama teacher of sexual harassment. Kimberly Joyce is a precocious, sociopathic high school student at Roxbury Academy, an elite preparatory school in Beverly Hills, she and her best friend Brittany take Randa, a new Muslim student who immigrated from the Middle East, under their wing. Kimberly's home life is troubled. Kimberly dreams of becoming an actress, obtains a coveted role as Anne Frank in the school play; the school drama teacher, Percy Anderson, orders Kimberly and Randa to after-school detention one day for disrupting class, forces Kimberly to write an essay reflecting on her transgression. Percy takes the essay home that evening and has his wife, read it aloud provocatively as a role play before the two engage in sex.
After Brittany is publicly humiliated by Percy during an acting exercise, Kimberly devises a plan to accuse him of sexually harassing each of them. Unable to afford an attorney, Percy agrees to his friend Roger– a clueless high school law teacher who passed the bar– acting as his attorney. In court, Roger proposes that the accusations are in retaliation to Kimberly having been replaced in the school play after referring to her Jewish classmate Josh's lawyer father as a "money-grubbing shyster." The case becomes a media sensation covered extensively by a local lesbian reporter. Shortly after the trial begins, Kimberly has a sexual encounter with Emily, she manipulates Josh with oral sex into convincing his father Larry, a renowned defense attorney, to defend Percy pro bono. When Larry cross examines Brittany, she confesses on the stand that she and Randa fabricated the accusations; when Emily confronts her outside the courthouse, Kimberly reveals she filmed their sexual encounter, uses it as blackmail to receive favorable press coverage.
Overwhelmed with the shame brought on her family by the false accusations, Randa shoots herself to death at school. Grace, now aware, leaves him. In the storm of media coverage, Emily extolls Kimberly as a mere "victim" of society, the ensuing press incites Hollywood producers to give Kimberly a bit part on a daytime soap opera; when Brittany visits Kimberly at her house, Kimberly reveals she manipulated Josh into having his father defend Percy as she knew it would cause Brittany to buckle under pressure in court. When Brittany asks why, Kimberly explains that she devised the calculated plot to garner publicity for herself, as well as exact revenge against Brittany for having stolen her ex-boyfriend, Troy. Brittany leaves, vowing never to speak to her again. Kimberly sees herself on the episode of the soap opera; as she watches herself onscreen, tears begin streaming down her face. The plot focuses on sexual harassment accusations within a school system, as well as the repercussions of one 15-year-old girl's actions.
But the film makes commentary on many other social issues in contemporary American culture as well, many of them being controversial. Some of the topics that are commented on include racism, discrimination, gender identity, intolerance, teenage behavior, parenting, deceit and fascination with celebrity status and the entertainment industry; the musical score was composed by Gilad Benamram. The film deliberately does not feature any popular music songs; the wardrobe and props do not feature contemporary branding. The film was nominated for the 2005 Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, it won the German Independence Award at the 2005 Oldenburg International Film Festival. Roger Ebert called Pretty Persuasion "daring, well-acted", but said that it "exists uneasily somewhere between comedy and satire." Phil Villarreal of the Arizona Daily Star called the film a "scathing and hilarious social satire." While Stephen Holden of The New York Times praised the film: "An obscene, misanthropic go-for-broke satire, "Pretty Persuasion" is so gleefully nasty that the fact that it was made and released is astonishing.
Much of it is extremely funny. Any satire worth its salt should not be afraid to offend, "Pretty Persuasion" flings mud in all directions with a fearless audacity." James Mottram of Channel 4 opined, "Hovering uncomfortably between comedy and satire, Pretty Persuasion never quite gets the balance right." Carlo Cavagna thought it a "dark teen comedy that tries way too hard to be a dark teen comedy."The Seattle Post-Intelligencer accused the film of being an "ugly, cheap attempt at satire", Slant magazine called it "a pretty unpersuasive lecture". Adam Vary of The Advocate called the film "rife with political incorrectness." Critic Armond White deemed the film "ingenious."The film has a "rotten" 32 percent rating at Rotten Tomatoes based on 77 reviews, with an average rating of 4.96/10. The site's consensus reads: "Pretty Persuasion aims for high satire but falls short of poignancy by depending on too much black humor, with too little redeeming humanity to provide balance". Official website Pretty Persuasion on IMDb Pretty Persuasion at AllMovie Pretty Persuasion at Box Office Mojo Pretty Persuasion at Rotten Tomatoes Cincinnati City Beat: Happy Sundance Ending Lisa Schwarzbaum, Review for Entertainment Weekly