Dare (2009)

Genre(s): Romance / Thriller
Image Entertainment || R - 91 minutes - $27.98 || February 9, 2010
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2010-02-08

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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.

.:: A U D I O ::.

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Director: Adam Salky
Writer(s): David Brind (written by)
Cast: Emmy Rossum, Zach Gilford, Ashley Springer, Ana Gasteyer

Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • 2 Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes

Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

I donít know where people went to school at during their day, but back in my time things like massive sex parties and other items of that nature sure as heck never went on. Well, I never went to any parties and pretty much stayed inside playing Warcraft every day so maybe I just missed out on some things. Yes, this will tie into the movie, so hold your horses. Dare is described as a Cruel Intentions flick, but with less nudity, less hot chicks, and more male-on-male scenes. Itís just not my week for reviewing flicks. Iím starting to think Iím being punished for something.

Alexa (Emmy Rossum), Johnny (Zach Gilford), and Ben (Ashley Springer) are all teenagers living in their own respective complicated lives that are so challenging and different from other teenagers their age. Alexa is living a quite life, trying hard to be successful at both drama club and not being an actual teenager. She ends up meeting Johnny in detention, which sheís sent to because she dropped a humongous F-bomb to a teacher who was pestering the crap out of her. Johnny and her flirt briefly, and Alexa realize that she needs to change to fit in with the world. She meets her best friend later that night and goes out to a party where she yet again meets Johnny and takes him into a room to ďrehearseĒ for a play later. Yeah, Iíve used that line countless times and I swear it never works.

Alexa however ends up getting caught sneaking out and while her parents are out of town sheís forced to stay over her best friend Benís house for a few days. Ben sneaks out late one night to visit Johnny and lets him know heís never kissed anyone and is going to finish high school basically a virgin. Then for some odd reason Johnny makes out with him and that proceeds to otherÖthings and the night ends for the two. It turns out though that Johnny has some medical condition that is stupid anyways, and is now freaking out at what happened between the two. He canít drive though so yet again he has to depend on Ben to get him around town and goes to see Alexa, where he ends up sleeping the night on her couch. Can the three high school kids figure out this gigantic mess of a situation, or are they bound to sleep with one another the entire time and not realize anything is going on?

Was anyoneís high school seriously anything like any movie theyíve ever seen? I never knew kids like this in my school, as though most people I knew were either geeks, bigger geeks, and dorks. The premise of this movie is also ridiculous, as thereís no way that magically three people are sleeping with each other and no one lets it slip that they are. Who in the world thought it would make people feel comfortable seeing teens bang one another on screen in rather graphic detail (no nudity, but you get the idea)? This movie totally ruined any sort of things for future reference involving pools, so take that for what itís worth.

Emmy Rossum puts on a great performance, and once again is always great to look at. Sadly though, she has no real scene that portrays her true acting chops and is forced to be a whiny teen the entire flick which was incredibly disappointing. Why put such a gorgeous actress in a movie when she has bigger potential? The rest of the cast is pretty much the same, as though their acting performance isnít the best and made me feel like I was in another vampire flick with emo kids the entire time. Yeah, that was a burn for the people who enjoyed that film, sorry. The story is also quite slow-moving, as I found myself nodding off during the runtime of the flick which could have been cut down ten minutes here and there.

Iím not sure why they needed to make a film similar to the Cruel Intention series, as arenít there already multiple crappy sequels to that movie that have been done? Dare for some reason just didnít add up enough for me, but I did give points for Emmy Rossum being in the film. For future reference thatís like an automatic two points from me, so be on the lookout studios...


Commentary with Adam Salky and David Brind: The two rarely have a dry moment during the commentary as they delve into the story and their ideas that went into the film. The two talk to one another quite well and mesh together for an enthralling commentary that in my opinion was better than the film itself.

Short film of Dare (16 minutes): This is basically the film in a much shorter runtime with different cast. I donít see a reason to really watch this though, as the same thing happens in the movie that you odds are just watched.

Deleted Scenes (3 minutes): There are only two scenes here and nothing of value, especially since the one description was incredibly misleading.

Emmy Rossumís Audition (10 minutes): Rossumís audition for the flick is shown in boring entirety. I nearly fell asleep watching this one, so odds are youíll want to pass.


To sum up this part of the review, this is really just an average transfer. Colors are somewhat drowned out, as I noticed multiple scenes where flesh tones were lighter than in previous scenes and the colors of shirts downplayed multiple times. The cast appears much paler in some scenes and then tanner in others, which was odd to note throughout the flick. I also saw multiple scnes encased with grain that literally made the characters look like their shirts were moving. Grain was quite prevalent throughout the movie, as most scenes either had tons of it or a decent amount. That being said, despite all my bashing this really is an average transfer that could have used some more work.

Accompanying the flick is a low-budget Dolby Digital 5.1 track that could have seriously used some boosting in the loud category. Almost at every scene in the movie I not only struggled to hear the cast but also understand what was being said. The film literally made the cast seem like they were mumbling their lines throughout the flick, despite the fact they were talking close to one another. Surround usage was also minimal, if that, throughout the flick as though I rarely remember hearing any surround sound going off. I think there may have been one or two occasions at best, so some extra work into the surround category would have been an improvement.


Dare could have been a good movie, if not for the obvious plot points and the fact that Iím not a teenager. This movie is geared towards that audience, and since Iím not one for these types of flicks I generally hated the movie. The technical aspects are average for a DVD release and the special features package is as well. I only dare you to rent this movie, as anything else is probably a waste of your time.