Dare

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Released 2009

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Director:
Adam Salky
Released:
2009
Rating:
R
Dare is a 2009 dramatic film featuring Emmy Rossum and Zach Gilford in a story of suburban teenagers discovering that not everyone is as they seem. Directed by Adam Salky and based on his 2005 short film, Dare was written by David Brind. Dare premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was heralded for it's open portrayal of teen sexuality. Alexa Walker (Rossum) is an aspiring actress and perpetual overachiever. When she realizes that to better herself as a performer she needs to have more life experience, she takes her friendship with bad boy Johnny (Gilford) to the next level. When Alexa's best friend Ben (Ashley Springer) also takes an interest in Johnny, the drama between the three friends heats up. In this coming of age story of sexual awakening, the teenagers all discover that their curiosity will lead them to a new sense of power. Also starring Ana Gasteyer, Sandra Bernhard, Cady Huffman, and Alan Cumming, Dare received a mostly positive critical response.moreless

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  • 70

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    As it develops, Dare lays out some interesting psychological puzzles, though the filmmakers lack the technique to explore them as thoroughly as you might wish.

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times

    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.

  • 50

    Variety

    This "Cruel Intentions"-style cesspool of teenage hanky-panky may be more scandalous than its chaste Disney counterpart, but that doesn't necessarily make it any more authentic.

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    Love & Romance, Teen, Independent, Coming of Age, Sex & Relationships