May 5th, 2011



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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.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 5.8/10 (1,680 voted)

Critic's Score: 54/100

Director: Adam Salky

Stars: Emmy Rossum, Zach Gilford, Ashley Springer

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.

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 - Donna
Zach Gilford - Johnny Drake
Chris Riggi - Josh
Rooney Mara - Courtney
Alan Cumming - Grant Matson
Emily McNamara - Grant's Friend
Suzanne Savoy - Deirdre Walker
Adam Fleming - Detention Teacher
Ana Gasteyer - Ruth Berger

Taglines: Do something you're afraid of.


Official Website: Official site |

Release Date: 5 May 2011

Filming Locations: Ardmore, Pennsylvania, USA

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:  | Germany: (European Film Market)

Did You Know?

Adam Fleming, who plays the detention hall teacher, played the main character of Ben in the short film (also titled "Dare") on which this movie is based.

User Review

An atypical coming-of-age teen drama

Rating: 7/10

The movie is split into four acts. The first three tell the story from the perspective of each of the three main characters, respectively, and the last act is a kind of epilogue. The film is still linear though, meaning that while the second act shows a different perspective than the first, it's still a continuation of the story, rather than a restart from the beginning. The rest of the acts continue that way.

The first act had me wondering why I was putting myself through what seemed to be your run-of-the-mill teen drama that might as well have been an episode of The O.C. rather than a feature film. A typical high school "good girl" who always played it safe and never got into trouble starts questioning her value system. She wonders if being "bad" would benefit her, namely, to give her the life experience she needs in order to realize her dreams of becoming an actress. Her lifelong platonic male best friend is worried about her newfound rebelliousness, and he even feels betrayed by it.

Sometime during the second act is when this film started to deviate from anything I had expected. When the third act came, the story had gotten so messed up that I felt ashamed of my initial assumptions. I'm not even going to hint at what happens, because it might soften the impact of seeing it unfold on the screen. All I'll say is that it deals with questioning the seeming obviousness of people's sexuality and popularity. This turned out to be something of an artsy picture that didn't focus on typical Hollywood entertainment values. It's "smart", in that it's not always obvious what exactly is going on, and there's no voice-over to tell you what the characters are feeling. It's an original story that makes you think.

Was this movie good? Tough call. The acting is excellent and the production quality high. Some people might be bored or just confused by this, due to the strangeness and ambiguity. If you like a deviation now and then from the norm, you might appreciate it, and if you're into independent film, definitely give this a shot.


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