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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.


Adam Salky


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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 Emily McNamara ... Grant's Friend
Suzanne Savoy ... Deirdre Walker
Adam Fleming ... Detention Teacher
Ana Gasteyer ... Ruth Berger


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


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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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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Technical Specs


(European Film Market)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Gabby: Excuse me Ms. Davis... um... I talked to my mom, and she said to tell you I'm really not comfortable playing Donna's girlfriend in some lesbian play.
Ms. Davis: Please tell your mother that 'The Children's Hour' is a famous piece of literature, not some lesbian play.
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Written by: Holcombe Waller
Performed by: Holcombe Waller
Published by: Holwol Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of:Pow Wow Now Records
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Stellar cast takes a flimsy script and runs with it
3 August 2015 | by The_late_Buddy_RyanSee all my reviews

Signing up Zack Gilford ("Friday Night Lights") and Emmy Rossum {'Shameless") to play a teenage Stanley and Blanche must've seemed like a real casting coup, but I'm thinking this film would've been better off with two younger, less charismatic stars—their characters are supposed to be slowly groping their way (in more ways than one) towards an adult identity, and these two seem like they're already fully formed. Still, their performances are the best thing about "Dare," which in spite of a promising storyline, still ends up feeling kind of unfocused and generic.

The unstable triad of high-school player Johnny (ZG), ambitious art girl Alexa (ER) and "drama-club tech nerd" Ben (Ashley Springer) shakes out pretty much the way you think it will, though the ending's a nice surprise, and the most convincing scenes are the ones where the three leads interact with other characters, not with each other—Johnny goes off on a boorish classmate and on his therapist; Ben tries hard to keep his mother (also a therapist) from "analyzing"; prim Alexa talks smack with her dissipated BF (Rooney Mara).

Excellent supporting cast—Cady Huffman turns up briefly as Alexa's pediatrician, Alan Cumming's a troublemaking HS alumnus and Johnny's therapist is Sandra Bernhard, no less; nice soundtrack and Philly Main Line locations (Johnny's absentee father has the perfect McMansion with lawyer foyer). "Dare"'s certainly not all that it might have been, but it's still quite watchable; turns up on cable a lot these days.

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