Dare (2009)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  5 May 2011 (Germany)
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A drama centered around three high school seniors - an aspiring actress, her misfit best friend, and a loner - who become engaged in an intimate and complicated relationship.



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School Principal
Ms. Davis
Annie Hibbs ...
Grant Matson
Grant's Friend
Deirdre Walker
Detention Teacher


It's the final semester before graduating from high school, and aspiring actress and good girl Alexa (Emmy Rossum), her outcast gay best friend Ben (Ashley Springer), and loner bad boy Johnny (Zach Gilford), go outside their comfort zones, and throw caution to the wind as they venture into unfamiliar young adult sexual grounds. A bumpy ride of high emotion, betrayal, heartbreak, and sexual experimentation. Written by trivwhiz

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Rated R for sexual content, language and alcohol use - all involving teens | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 May 2011 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Dare - Hab' keine Angst, tu's einfach!  »

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(European Film Market)


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1.85 : 1
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The writer of this film, David Brind, was also the writer of the short film, Dare (2005), on which this film is based. See more »


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Written by: The GZA (as G. Grice), Mathematics (as R. Bean)
Performed by: The GZA (as G. Grice)
Published by: GZA Music Publishing (ASCAP) / Allmaf Productions Inc. (BMI)
Courtesy of: Babygrande Records
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A surprisingly good elaboration of a favorite gay short film.
4 April 2010 | by (NYC/FL) – See all my reviews

Dare was a genuinely surprising film. Having seen the short years ago at a gay film fest I thought that I knew what the story would be about and I was fully prepared to be disappointed that the feature wasn't as good as the short. Boy was I wrong! The film took me places I didn't expect and left me with images and ideas that I'll remember for a long time. There were likable, realistic characters that I genuinely cared about and a well written feature-length storyline that neatly incorporated the short that preceded it.

There were spots where the film showed its indie-film roots but, for the most part, the scenes were studio grade. The dialog was mostly well written, the actors knew their craft, and the director succeeded in bringing all of the filmic elements together better than most works of this kind. The overall tenor of the film was moderately light-hearted considering the subject matter and does a nice job of balancing the problems of high-school life with its promise.

Zach Gilford did a great job and turned a character that I thought of as a bit of a cad in the short into a sympathetic waif.

This is NOT a major studio release and if you go into it looking for that you'll be disappointed but if you'd like to see a nice small movie that treats issues of being gay in high-school as just one issue that today's youth deal with, then this may be the film for you.

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