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Dare -- DARE follows three very different teenagers through the last semester of high school. There are Alexa (Emmy Rossum), the overachieving good girl who longs to break out of her shell; Ben (Ashley Springer), the melancholy outsider confused about his sexuality; and Johnny (Zach Gilford), the rich kid who has everything, including good looks, but hides behind his bad boy persona.

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Writer:
David Brind (written by)
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Release Date:
5 May 2011 (Germany) See more »
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Tagline:
Do something you're afraid of. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Emmy Rossum ... Alexa Walker

Cady Huffman ... Dr. Kolton

Ashley Springer ... Ben Berger
Matthew Garrick ... School Principal

Brianne Berkson ... Gabby

Lucy McMichael ... Ms. Davis
Annie Hibbs ... Donna

Zach Gilford ... Johnny Drake

Chris Riggi ... Josh

Rooney Mara ... Courtney

Alan Cumming ... Grant Matson
Emily McNamara ... Grant's Friend

Suzanne Savoy ... Deirdre Walker

Adam Fleming ... Detention Teacher

Ana Gasteyer ... Ruth Berger

Wayne Pyle ... Alan Berger
Jake Lane ... Coffee Shop Twin
Ellis Lane ... Coffee Shop Twin
David Brind ... Nick

Brea Bee ... Mel Drake

Sandra Bernhard ... Dr. Serena Mohr
Susan Triggiani ... School Secretary

Michael Braun ... Actor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Luka Apt ... Student (uncredited)

David J. Bonner ... Student (uncredited)
Joe DeMarzio ... Party Attendee (uncredited)
Nicole Eckenroad ... Student (uncredited)
Robert Fazio ... Party Attendee (uncredited)

Aaron Benjamin Miller ... Student (uncredited)
Liz O'Leary ... Student (uncredited)
Andy Sinatra ... Janitor (uncredited)

David M. Sitbon ... Man Crossing Street (uncredited)
Nathan Unsworth ... Josh's Jock Buddy (uncredited)

Teddy Valdes ... Student (uncredited)
John S.H. Williams ... Student (uncredited)
Michael Tamin Yurcaba ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Joe Zarriello ... Student (uncredited)
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Directed by
Adam Salky 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David Brind  written by

Produced by
David Brind .... co-producer
Marco Henry .... associate producer
Marco Henry .... line producer
Jason Orans .... producer
Mary Jane Skalski .... producer
Adam Spielberg .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
David Poe (original music by)
Duncan Sheik (original music by)
 
Cinematography by
Michael Fimognari (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
John F. Lyons 
 
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
Paul Schnee 
 
Production Design by
Jennifer Dehghan 
 
Art Direction by
Michael Crenshaw 
 
Set Decoration by
Clarissa Shanahan 
 
Costume Design by
Caroline Duncan 
 
Makeup Department
April Chatman-Royce .... key makeup artist
Lisa DelleChiaie .... key hair stylist (as Lisa Dellechiaie)
J. Christopher Polito .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Mamta Trivedi .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nicole Agostino .... second second assistant director
Jolian Blevins .... second assistant director
Yann Sobezynski .... first assistant director
Cedric Vara .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Nyssa Capps .... scenic
Jason Contino .... set dresser
Daniel Corey .... art production assistant
Charles J. Costello .... art production assistant
Chris Donnelly .... art production assistant
Sean Donnelly .... set dresser
David A. Elliott .... art production assistant
Anne Kolenda .... scenic
Arizona Newsum .... art department coordinator
Marina Parker .... property master
Brian Rzepka .... art production assistant
Zack Schmid .... art intern
Jamie Sims .... set dresser
Kellie Jo Tinney .... art production assistant
Tony Trov .... on-set dresser (as Anthony Trovarello)
Michael Virgilio .... leadman
 
Sound Department
Shawn Allen .... boom operator
Shaun Brennan .... foley artist
Maureen Dowdell .... post-production sound coordinator
Johnpaul Golaski .... second boom operator
Jacob A. Gragard .... foley editor (as Jacob Gragard)
Jacob A. Gragard .... sound editor
Michael Kugler .... sound editing intern
Eric Milano .... foley artist
Tom Paul .... sound designer
Tom Paul .... sound mixer
Esther Regelson .... adr editor
Esther Regelson .... dialogue editor
Phil Rosati .... sound mixer (as Philip Rosati)
Matt Snedecor .... adr recordist
Matt Snedecor .... foley editor
Matt Snedecor .... foley recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Victor Barroso .... visual effects: Worlds Away Productions
Sam Calabrese .... visual effects: Worlds Away Productions
Kenny Polonski .... visual effects: Worlds Away Productions
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Matthew Barabuscio .... grip
David Barnes .... grip (as Dave Barnes)
David Briggs .... best boy grip (as David L. Briggs)
Matt Brogs .... electrician
Christie Czerpak .... assistant to director of photography
Andrew D'Aurora .... electrician
Anthony DeFrancesco .... additional second assistant camera
Blake Eichenseer .... third grip
David A. Erickson .... assistant chief lighting technician
Kevin Gallagher .... key grip (as Kevin A. Gallagher)
Afton Grant .... steadicam operator (as Afton M. Grant)
Thomas Gregg .... grip
Rory Hanrahan .... first assistant camera
Matthew Hingstman .... grip
Aaron Hollander .... additional second assistant camera
Matt Imbrogno .... electrician
David Isern .... Steadicam operator
Daniel E. Joyce .... grip
Benjamin Kitchens .... electrician
Meredith Kitchens .... electrician
Maxim Kulish .... key grip
Justin Lipetz .... grip
Andrew Mclean .... dolly grip
Mark Patterson .... grip (as Marc Patterson)
Zachary Rubino .... grip
Harry Scheid .... crane operator
Anneke Schoneveld .... still photographer
Joseph Shuster .... camera production assistant
Roger Tomes .... crane operator
Richard P. Ulivella .... chief lighting technician
Random Waldron .... grip
Michael Withers .... electrician
Lukas Wolf .... second assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Allison Estrin .... casting associate
Annette Kaplafka .... casting: Philadelphia - Mike Lemon Casting
Mike Lemon .... location casting
Natalia Rodriguez .... extras coordinator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Caroline Berberich .... wardrobe production assistant
Shirley Ephraim .... final party jewelry designer (as Shirley L. Ephraim)
Jessica Glenn .... wardrobe production assistant
Tamika Jackson .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
George Bunce .... digital intermediate on-line editor
Eli Friedman .... colorist: dailies
Shannon K. Hall .... dailies producer
David B. Hastings .... on-line assistant (as David Hastings)
Scot Olive .... digital intermediate colorist
Jennifer Padham .... assistant editor
Matthew Reedy .... digital intermediate producer
Pamela Ryan .... post-production coordinator
 
Music Department
Dave Golden .... music editor
Dave Golden .... music supervisor
Eric Milano .... music editor
 
Other crew
Maura Anderson .... production coordinator
Craig Bankey .... publicist
Thor Boucher .... production assistant
Brooks Boutwell .... production assistant
Tim Bradley .... key set production assistant
Leon Q. Clarke .... production assistant
Nicole Compas .... production counsel: Gray Krauss LLP
Edward J. Eberwine III .... location manager
Jonathan Gray .... production counsel: Gray Krauss LLP
Bryan Green .... production assistant
Jennie Green .... clearances
King J. Greenspon .... production assistant
Shana Greenspon .... office production assistant
Carly Haines .... office production assistant
Kristopher Chain Harris .... film production runner (as Kris Chain Harris)
Russell Jozwiak .... set protection
Louis Katz .... cast physician (as Dr. Louis A. Katz)
Alex Kraft .... office intern
Alex Lombardo .... office intern
Daniel Lugo .... key set production assistant
Del Lukens .... advance coordinator (as Del C. Lukens III)
Scott McLennen .... production assistant
Aaron Benjamin Miller .... set EMT (as Aaron Miller)
Lesley-Anne Morrison .... script supervisor
Forrest Moss-Vreeland .... first team production assistant
Rob Nemeth .... set protection
Dave O'Neil .... production intern
Ilya Osovets .... production assistant
David Parvey .... production assistant
Shane Peltzman .... production assistant
Luke Ramer .... production assistant
Christian Ramirez-Coll .... production assistant
Ramona Sadiq .... post production intern
Marlena Schaefer .... production assistant
Eric J. Scheiner .... production assistant (as Eric Scheiner)
Adam Schoon .... production assistant
Emily Schumacher .... production assistant
Bridget J. Seymour .... cast physician (as Dr. Bridget J. Seymour)
Malik Sharp .... production assistant
Christopher Smith .... location production assistant
Aaron Stein .... set protection
Alec Unkovic .... assistant: producers
Christopher Watts .... assistant location manager
Michael J. Weldon .... production assistant
Landon Wise .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Rebecca Anderson .... special thanks
Aydin Arjomand .... special thanks
Anne Bakoulis .... special thanks
Dave Barnes .... special thanks
Andy Bienen .... special thanks
Frederick Bouchardy .... special thanks
Ira Brind .... special thanks
Jacqueline Brogan .... special thanks
Adam Brooks .... special thanks
Shane Marshall Brown .... special thanks
Jenne Casarotto .... special thanks
Michael Cassidy .... special thanks
Billy Clareman .... special thanks
Debbie Coslov .... special thanks
Michael Coslov .... special thanks
Collier Deborah .... special thanks
Craig DeFolco .... special thanks
Lenore Dekoven .... special thanks
Brian Devine .... special thanks
Brooke Devine .... special thanks
Matt Dojny .... special thanks
Gabby Duno .... special thanks
Vanessa Duno .... special thanks
Joanne Durako .... special thanks
Roland East .... special thanks
Jacqueline Eckhouse .... special thanks
Tom Erhardt .... special thanks
David Felsen .... special thanks
Alexa Fishback .... special thanks
Joan Flynn .... special thanks
Tom Flynn .... special thanks
Mark Fowler .... special thanks: Tipitina's Music Co-op
Penny Fox .... special thanks
Robert Fox .... special thanks
Michael Frechette .... special thanks
Willy Friedman .... special thanks
Michael J. Gallagher Jr. .... special thanks
Jamie Garfield .... special thanks
Marie Garfield .... special thanks
Matt Garfield .... special thanks
Jon Gerrans .... special thanks
Juliet Goodfriend .... special thanks
Sasha Gordon .... special thanks
Susannah Gray .... special thanks
Joshua Greenspan .... special thanks
Terry Guerin .... special thanks
Richard Hahn .... special thanks
Patrick Halliday .... special thanks
Alex Halpern .... special thanks
Carol Hammarberg .... special thanks
Robert Holtzman .... special thanks (as Robert 'Ratface' Holtzman)
Shirley Honickman Hahn .... special thanks
Harold Honickman .... special thanks
Lynne Honickman .... special thanks
Marcus Hu .... special thanks
Ann Hubbell .... special thanks (as Anne Hubbell)
Ted Huffman .... special thanks
Matthew Izzo .... special thanks: matthewizzo.com
Erin Jackson .... special thanks
Karen Johnson .... special thanks
Tom Kalin .... special thanks
Judy Katz .... special thanks (as Dr. Judith Kapustin Katz)
Ross Katz .... special thanks
Ashlye Keaton .... special thanks
Amanda Klein .... special thanks
Erica Klein .... special thanks
Howard Klein .... special thanks
Jamie Klein .... special thanks
Sloane Klevin .... special thanks
Bryan Koplin .... special thanks
Darrell Larson .... special thanks
Rachael LeMasters .... special thanks
Stephen Levick .... special thanks
Herb Lotman .... special thanks
Karen Lotman .... special thanks
Ashley Lyle .... special thanks
Jack Lyons .... special thanks
Charles Mastropietro .... special thanks
Sara Matarazzo .... special thanks
Eric Mendelsohn .... special thanks
Jill Miller .... special thanks
Tara Mohr .... special thanks
David Mullaney .... special thanks
Kathy Mullaney .... special thanks
Conor Murphy .... special thanks
Edward G. Murphy .... special thanks
John Murphy .... special thanks
Maggie Murphy .... special thanks
Mary Ann Myers .... special thanks
Denyce Mylson .... special thanks
Howard Needleman .... special thanks
Sandy Needleman .... special thanks
Amy Nislow .... special thanks
Jim O'Hagen .... special thanks
Elena Oxman .... special thanks
Natalia Parsons .... special thanks
Sharon Pinkenson .... special thanks: Greater Philadelphia Film Office
Nicholas T. Proferes .... special thanks (as Nicholas Proferes)
Matt Ramer .... special thanks
Molly Rebuschatis .... special thanks
W. Lance Reynolds .... special thanks
Janet Roach .... special thanks
Ben Ross .... special thanks
Maureen A. Ryan .... special thanks
Alma Salky .... special thanks
Barry Salky .... special thanks
Jonathan Salky .... special thanks
Zachary Schmidt .... special thanks
David Schwartz .... special thanks
Patricia Schwartz .... special thanks
Weiman Seid .... special thanks: Fat Dot
Justin Siegel .... special thanks
Rick Siegel .... special thanks
Joy Sisisky .... special thanks
Ryan Smith .... special thanks
Michelangelo Sosnowitz .... special thanks
Jon Spielberg .... special thanks
Hilary Stabb .... special thanks
Jesse Stone .... special thanks
George Strayton .... special thanks
Andrew Wagner .... special thanks
Cindy Waldman .... special thanks
Michael Waldman .... special thanks
Holcombe Waller .... special thanks
Eric Weil .... special thanks
Harriet Weiss .... special thanks
Larry Weiss .... special thanks
Zachary Werner .... special thanks
Amy Westcott .... special thanks
Meshakai Wolf .... special thanks
Kelly Wolfington .... special thanks
Beth Yeagle .... special thanks: Arden Theatre Co.
Joshua Zeman .... special thanks (as Josh Zeman)
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for sexual content, language and alcohol use - all involving teens
Runtime:
USA:92 min | Germany:100 min (European Film Market)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Australia:MA (2010) | Singapore:R21 | USA:R (certificate #45649)

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Trivia:
The feature film debut of Chris Riggi.See more »
Quotes:
Courtney:I guess that's what happens when you discover the power of a dick.See more »
Movie Connections:
Remake of Dare (2005)See more »
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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Users and losers, 3 August 2010
Author: Justin Stokes from Cleburne, TX

Unique coming of age drama about three high school seniors and the shady relationship that develops between them. Alexa is a wannabe actress who becomes uncomfortable at the very mention of sex. She hangs out with her childhood friend Ben, who's only friend is Alexa. They're both in drama class (Ben handles the stage lights) with Johnny, the most popular jock in school. He's only there because he has to be, much to the chagrin of Alexa since he's her acting partner. Following a truly rotten performance, a popular actor gives Alexa a piece of his mind, basically telling her that only through proper life experience will she ever have a remote chance of being a good actress. Devastated, she decides to get some experience through Johnny while perhaps escalating their on-stage chemistry in the process. None of this sits well with Ben, who has his own encounter with Johnny. It all leads to an unexpected triangle where the most unlikely person might wind up getting hurt.

Early on, I figured this would be your typical quirky teen indie, but it takes a turn into darker territory. It ends up taking on a more psychological route as it tackles themes of discovering yourself sexually and popularity sometimes only being skin deep. Emmy Rossum, who hasn't been in many films worthy of her talent, is solid as the naive good girl turned manipulative user. The change in her character may be a little abrupt, but she handles it well. Saying that, I still think the writers could've spent more time gradually exploring her transformation. Ashley Springer is okay as Ben, but his character turns into too much of a perverse oddball by film's end. Good choice for the role of outsider, though. The real star of the picture is Zach Gilford of Friday Night Lights fame. He gives a layered turn as the tortured Johnny. It's a very different role from his awkward, somewhat shy FNL character, and he shows that he has the depth to pull it off. Rooney Mara also makes an impression as Courtney, Alexa's best friend. Looking at her IMDb page after viewing this film, I was very surprised to see that she's playing Nancy in the A Nightmare on Elm Street remake.

While the acting is mostly strong, I will say that Alexa and Ben are hard to relate to as the film goes on. Again, a little more time on their transformations would have been nice. The ending also leaves something to be desired. It just isn't wrapped up in a very satisfying manner. As it stands, Dare is far from great. The story and characters both could have been better developed, but I'd say it's worth a look for those who don't mind teen dramas that are a bit off of the beaten path.

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