Picks and Pans Review: Candy

updated 12/04/2006 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/04/2006 AT 01:00 AM EST

Heath Ledger, Abbie Cornish

Two of Australia's most promising young stars team up for a familiar cautionary tale about the perils of drug addiction. When Dan (Ledger), a would-be poet, and Candy (Cornish), a painter, first fall in love, he's already doing smack and she asks to try it. "We wanted to share absolutely everything," Dan explains in a voice-over. Soon they're sharing a major drug habit, with Candy turning tricks to keep them supplied.

Other than the gritty Aussie locations, there's little that's new here. Ledger and Cornish give intense, thoughtful performances, while Geoffrey Rush adds welcome zip as a world-weary friend. (R)

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