Dare: Do Something You’re Afraid Of

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The tagline of the movie sounds intriguing right? Do Something You’re Afraid Of. At first glance, “Dare” looks like your typical high school coming-of-age film, but as you delve further, it is anything but. The story revolves around an unlikely high school trio- the good girl, the best friend and the bad boy. The trio become entangled in situations where they push the boundaries of romance and friendship.

The film first debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and became the edgy breakout film of the festival. “Dare” boasts an all-star cast, which includes Emmy Rossum, Zach Gilford, Alan Cumming, Ana Gastayer and Sandra Bernhard. Adam Salky makes his feature film directorial debut with this buzzed film. Dare opened in New York City and Los Angeles in November and last week in Philadelphia.

Here’s what some of the major publications are saying about the film.

“Surprising and dangerous.”
–New York Magazine

“Smart and edgy.”
–San Francisco Chronicle

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OFFICIAL DARE SYNOPSIS

DARE follows three very different teenagers through the last semester of high school. There are Alexa (Emmy Rossum), the overachieving good girl who longs to break out of her shell; Ben (Ashley Springer), the melancholy outsider confused about his sexuality; and Johnny (Zach Gilford), 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. Director Adam Salky and writer David Brind takes us into some uncharted territory with fresh eyes and matter-of-fact authority. Sweet and sexy don’t always go together, but they work beautifully in this instance because the sexuality of the film is cleverly woven into the fabric of the story. You can ask why the kids are in such a hurry to experience adult feelings, especially when their parents, comically enough, are afraid to get in the way. All is answered in the nuanced performances of this exceptional cast. They capture perfectly a generation with nothing to rebel against except their self imposed inhibitions. By being keenly perceptive, director Salky stacks up countless priceless moments in crafting teen romance with a decidedly modern spin. In DARE, the kids do what they need to do to become the adults they should.

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