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Dare [DVD]

Emmy Rossum , Cady Huffman , Michael Fimognari    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Emmy Rossum, Cady Huffman, Ashley Springer, Matthew Garrick, Brianne Berkson
  • Directors: Michael Fimognari
  • Producers: Duncan Sheik, Jason Orans
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Peccadillo Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Jan 2011
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004CSKCRW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,749 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A stellar cast headline this sexy and captivating John Hughes-esque story about three sexually ambivalent high school seniors at a crossroads in their adult lives. Prissy drama student Alexa is told by a pompous actor that she must dare to try new experiences in order to breathe life into a role. Mysterious and handsome loner Johnny seems like the perfect person to shake up her vanilla existence, so she embarks on a mission to get him into bed. Problem is, best friend Ben succeeds in ensnaring the confused Johnny. As the love triangle closes in, Johnnys sexual identity becomes unhinged, leaving Alexa and Ben to face up to their desires and accept that it takes more than just a truth, a dare, and a threesome, to get what you really want from life. Starring Emmy Rossum (The Day After Tomorrow, The Phantom of the Opera), Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights), Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Ashley Springer (Teeth), Alan Cumming (Burlesque, X Men 2), Sandra Bernhard (The L Word, The King of Comedy) and Ana Gasteyer (Mean Girls)

Special Features:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Audition Footage
  • Original Short Film 'Dare' (16mins)

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3.2 out of 5 stars
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tangled webs 28 Feb 2010
By Son of Nietzsche VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
DARE is based on a short film of the same name, both directed by Adam Salky. Whereas the short film (which has appeared in collections such as Boys Life, Vol. 5 [DVD]) placed its emphasis on the awkward fumblings of two high-school males, this feature-length version inevitably attempts to cast a much wider net.

The character afforded most screen time is actually Alexa (Emmy Rossum); a studious high-school girl with a passion for drama, who is spurned by the 'cool kids'. When a professional actor shoots down Alexa's dreams by telling her she must experience life before she could be a good actress, Alexa morphs chrysalis-fashion from nave-ugly-duckling to seductress-swan, setting her sights on cute rebel Johnny (Zach Gilford) and shunning her geeky best friend Ben in the process.

What starts out as typical teen-drama fare takes a Cruel Intentions [DVD] turn, as Alexa and Ben compete with one another for the brooding Johnny's affections. The character of Johnny is progressively fleshed-out as he becomes the fly in Alexa and Ben's web. He is in fact the most interesting character, his polymorphous needs propelling the drama - and the threesome - in an unexpected direction.

The concept is a strong one, and there are some decent supporting performances (including Sandra Bernhard as Johnny's therapist), yet somehow the film falls short of its great potential. It's fresh in many respects, yet staid in others; a curious mix of compelling nuanced drama and soap opera stereotype.

Overall DARE is worth a look; although viewers hoping for a more intense version of the original short film may possibly be somewhat disappointed. It's relatively early days for director Adam Salky; perhaps future work will be more successful in crystallizing his obvious potential.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tangled webs 25 Nov 2010
By Son of Nietzsche VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
DARE is based on a short film of the same name, both directed by Adam Salky. Whereas the short film (which has appeared in collections such as Boys Life 5) placed its emphasis on the awkward fumblings of two high-school males, this feature-length version inevitably attempts to cast a much wider net.

The character afforded most screen time is actually Alexa (Emmy Rossum); a studious high-school girl with a passion for drama class, who is spurned by the 'cool kids'. When a professional actor shoots down Alexa's dreams by telling her she must experience life before she could be a good actress, Alexa morphs chrysalis-fashion from nave-ugly-duckling to seductress-swan, setting her sights on cute rebel Johnny (Zach Gilford), and shunning her geeky best friend Ben (Ashley Springer) - who also has feelings for Johnny.

What starts out as typical teen-drama fare takes a Cruel Intentions turn, as Alexa and Ben compete with one another for the brooding Johnny's affections. The character of Johnny is progressively fleshed-out as he becomes the fly in Alexa and Ben's web. He is in fact the most interesting element of the mix, his polymorphous needs propelling the drama - and the threesome - in an unexpected direction.

The concept of DARE is a strong one, and there are some decent supporting performances (including Sandra Bernhard as Johnny's therapist), yet somehow the film falls short of its great potential. It's fresh in many respects, yet staid in others; a curious mix of compelling, nuanced drama and soap opera stereotypes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a watch 19 April 2011
Format:DVD
While one can empathise with all the characters in the film, what is interesting is the way in which the character Johnny, who at first seems brash and confident, is slowly revealed as sensitive and vulnerable. However the film takes some time to get going and is ultimately a little disappointing, though worth a watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Mark Barry HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
The American BLU RAY of 2009's "Dare" on Image Entertainment is REGION A LOCKED - so it won't play on our machines unless they're chipped to be 'all regions' (which few are).

But there's a EURO alternative on BLU RAY (Region B) that will work without playback problems - but it's properly pricey...

So until someone ends the restrictions of Region Coding - or gives this film a reasonably-priced release in the UK - it's a choice between one that doesn't work and one that costs too much.

Region Coding - nice...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing and well told 24 Jan 2011
Format:DVD
After having seen the short film in 'Boys on Film 3' by Adam Salky, I was intrigued to see how a full length feature film would handle this subject matter. Particularly as short stories can be powerful if executed correctly, and Salky's attempt (16 minutes) has remained a firm favourite of mine ever since seeing it. Perhaps this was the reason for my initial apprehension at the film.

Whilst the film differs slightly in its central theme, it resonates with the short film. This together with three extremely good leads; Emmy Rossum, Zack Gilford and Ashley Springer make for a powerful drama. The good looking, mysterious and popular high school senior Johnny Drake (Zack Gilford) hides a profound and ever present rejection by his aloof parents and transient friends. Ben (Ashley Springer) seems wholly dependent on Alexa (Emmy Rossum) for his identity, largely due to his latent and unexplored sexuality. Through a chance encounter with a idolized theater actor (Alan Cummings), Alexa sets in motion a series of events that brings together these three confused, albeit searching youngsters . She is 'dared' to resist the norms of society, and experience the dangers of a life outside the rules she so desperately clings to.

The consequences that follow, are initially liberating for her. Ben seems to do the same, although for very different reasons. By rising above her indifference of him (who represents the normative life she is accused of using for personal safety), and his own desire for self identity, Ben comes into his own. Unfortunately for Johnny, he is the tie that binds.

The story is cleverly told, and the three young actors do a remarkable job in conveying the subtly of emotions and hidden sexuality.
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