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Dare (2009)

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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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Do something you're afraid of. 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

The director of this film, Adam Salky, was also the director of the short film, Dare (2005), on which this film is based. See more »

Quotes

Courtney: I guess that's what happens when you discover the power of a dick.
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U Can't Be Me
Written by: Diamond D (as J. Kirkland), DJ Scratch (as G. Spivey)
Performed by: Diamond D
Published by: Dusty Fingers Music (BMI)/DJ Scratch Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of: Babygrande Records
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awkward and uncertain sex triangle
3 April 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Alexa Walker (Emmy Rossum) is a stressed-out high school drama geek. To her dismay, she's paired up with jock Johnny Drake (Zach Gilford) who doesn't care about their acting assignment. Even worst, former student and star actor Grant Matson (Alan Cumming) is impressed with him rather than her. She spirals downwards and ends up in detention with Johnny. She goes to her friend Courtney (Rooney Mara)'s party and has sex with Johnny. Her best friend Ben Berger (Ashley Springer) gets jealous. This becomes a series of sexual experimentations.

The structure of this movie is divided in three. The first part follows Alexa, the second part follows Ben, and the third part follows Johnny. It leaves the flow disjointed and the emotions disconnected. Alexa's part is standard high school drama. I really like her scene with Cumming. The Ben part is uncertain. By the time it's Johnny's part, I am lost emotionally with Alexa. The three leads are relatively good. Gilford puts up the most compelling performance. This film has an awkward, uncertain tone that keeps it from finding its feet.


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