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Would You Rather (2012)

Not Rated | | Horror | 14 October 2012 (USA)
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Desperate to help her ailing brother, a young woman unknowingly agrees to compete in a deadly game of "Would You Rather," hosted by a sadistic aristocrat.

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David Guy Levy
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brittany Snow ... Iris
Jeffrey Combs ... Shepard Lambrick
Jonny Coyne ... Bevans
Lawrence Gilliard Jr. ... Dr. Barden
Enver Gjokaj ... Lucas
Sasha Grey ... Amy
John Heard ... Conway
Charlie Hofheimer ... Travis
Eddie Steeples ... Cal
June Squibb ... Linda
Robin Lord Taylor ... Julian
Robb Wells ... Peter
Logan Miller ... Raleigh
Larry Cedar ... Driver
Ptolemy Slocum ... Shift Manager
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Storyline

A young woman, desperate to help her sickly brother, accepts a dinner invitation to what seems to be easy money. As soon as she arrives to dinner, she realizes that playing the "game" is deadly for its losers. She and several others spend the night being terriorized in a game of would you rather. Written by Tanquanae Blacknall

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Tell yourself it's just a game.

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Horror

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A játék See more »

Filming Locations:

Pasadena, California, USA See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Enver Gjokaj, Logan Miller, and Robin Lord Taylor have all appeared on "The Walking Dead". See more »

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After Iris' attempt to escape, she returns to the room, Lambrick delivers a speech about his son and he puts his left hand on her shoulder. The next shot shows his right hand on her right shoulder. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Shift Manager: You're available to start right away?
Iris: Yes.
Shift Manager: I'm not really seeing a lot of restaurant experience on the, uh, resume.
Iris: I've always had, um, summer jobs, but... yeah, mostly retail.
Shift Manager: So, did you drop out of school, or... Why'd you come all the way back here?
Iris: Oh, no, um... Well, this is my home, and there was an accident, so I have to take care of my brother.
Shift Manager: Well, I'll tell you what I can do, um... I'll talk to the owner. Uh, I know they were looking for, uh, wait staff with experience,...
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Crazy Credits

During initial credits the production company is misspelled as Perisicope. See more »

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Referenced in The Darkest Nothing: Paraphrenia (2018) See more »

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Midnight, the Stars and You
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Written by Jimmy Campbell, Reginald Connelly, Harry M. Woods
Performed by Ray Noble and His Orchestra (as Ray Noble Orchestra) with Al Bowlly
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Passable film
4 November 2013 | by crazykittieboySee all my reviews

Would You Rather takes an interesting look at a common children's game, playing it for the delight of a rich man with far too much money. The plot tells a story of a young girl whose younger brother lives with her after her parents have passed on, leaving nothing but mounting debt. Her brother is dying, her house has been sold, and ever job lead seems to fall through. One day somebody offers to pay for everything and find her brother a donor, at a price.

This being said, the piece was decently acted, standouts being that of Sasha Grey and the always delightful Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator). The movie found ways to make you cringe without ever resorting to full on sight gore, the worst parts were left heavily to the imagination. This was a film that actually benefited from a lower budget, seeing that in a heavy budget one might be forced to see the over usage of all the stunts.

The movie is certainly not without its faults, first and most prominently is the lack of a decent score. The film never really utilizes music to draw you in, which is especially noticeable at the beginning and end of the film. The ending also felt so flat that it could hardly produce sympathy from the audience, an attempt to cater to the twist-necessitating crowd that has been delved since Saw's low budget first film hit our eyes. Unfortunately, it is such a negative that it makes one wonder if the whole damn first 30 minutes of the film were worth anything. This also repeats itself with a worthless subplot involving the doctor. The amount of filler placed within this movie alone degrades it, and unfortunately tampers an otherwise great horror gem to unnecessary viewing.

For all the gripes, though, the film does its job when it finally gets there. If I were to simply judge the 2nd act of this film it would get an easy 9, however, that being said, I believe a 6 is not only fair but accurate.


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