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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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Adam Salky

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David Brind
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Don't be afraid. Just do it! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 2011 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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

Filming Locations:

Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Runtime:

(European Film Market)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Michael Braun. See more »

Quotes

Courtney: I guess that's what happens when you discover the power of a dick.
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Connections

Remake of Dare (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

The Johnstowne Co
Written by: Dave Golden
Performed by: Daniel Johns (as Jasper)
Published by: Constant Lease Crewing Co. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of: Saing Music
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A surprisingly good elaboration of a favorite gay short film.
4 April 2010 | by Havan_IronOakSee 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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