Dare

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57%

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34%

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In high school, what kind of person did you dare to be: risk-taking and lustful, melancholy and confused or simply safe and over-achieving? "Dare" follows three very different teenagers through the last semester of high school. There are Alexa, the overachieving good girl who longs to break out of her shell; Ben, the melancholy outsider confused about his sexuality; and Johnny, the rich kid who has everything, including good looks, but hides behind his bad boy persona. This unlikely trio fall into each other's lives and each other's arms, making a last ditch effort to shake things up before they actually have to start living as adults.

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Cast

Emmy Rossum
as Alexa Walker
Zach Gilford
as Johnny Drake
Ashley Springer
as Ben Berger
Ana Gasteyer
as Ruth Berger
Alan Cumming
as Grant Matson
Sandra Bernhard
as Dr. Serena Mohr
Rooney Mara
as Courtney
Cady Huffman
as Dr. Kolton
Wayne Pyle
as Alan Berger
Matthew Garrick
as School Principal
Lucy McMichael
as Ms. Davis
Suzanne Savoy
as Deirdre Walker
Brea Bee
as Mel Drake
Emily McNamara
as Grant's Friend
Adam Fleming
as Detention Teacher
James Ellis Lane
as Coffe Shop Twin
Jake Lane
as Coffe Shop Twin
Susan Triggiani
as School Secretary
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Critic Reviews for Dare

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (9)

  • What elevates Dare above the usual high school fare is the quality of the writing by David Brind, crisp direction by Adam Salky and a uniformly attractive and compelling cast led by the delightful Emmy Rossum.

    Nov 10, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Though minor arcs play out in each piece, Dare lacks an overarching narrative to propel the entire film, so overall pacing feels uneven and long at just 90 minutes.

    Jul 6, 2010 | Full Review…

    Peter Debruge

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • Brind's screenplay is pregnant with fascinating questions of identity and social anxiety. And Salky knows how to create a mood.

    Dec 3, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • The film lacks the comedic charm of American Pie, but with its dark, hyper-sexualization of teens, it offers an engrossing if not soap opera-esque tale of self-discovery.

    Nov 13, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Dare feels a bit unfinished, at once overreaching and underrealized. But there is a lot of intelligence, and considerable daring, in the basic conceit.

    Nov 13, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Dare is a high school coming-of-age film that dares to push the envelope. It doesn't always succeed, but that's not for lack of trying.

    Nov 13, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dare

  • Aug 20, 2016
    I found this pointless with an end that left much to be desired.
    Erin C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 09, 2015
    Ironic title for a film that wants to push boundaries but refuses to go all the way. A love triangle setup with two guys and a girl is seldom seen, but each time these characters generate some interest, it soon dissolves thereafter. That's probably due to the lack of chemistry between the actors. The one scene with real meat is chewed up by Alan Cumming during his brief appearance.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 13, 2011
    What a surprise! I knew nothing about this movie and watched based on my Netflix recommendation. For this movie, it was right on. It seems to be a typical teen drama but new twists are added that are interesting and make the movie unique and enjoyable.
    Thomas J Super Reviewer
  • Mar 05, 2010
    Nothing special and why do these high school seniors all look over 25? Because they are! With teen actors everywhere you look they couldn't find three to star in this?
    jay n Super Reviewer

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