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The new film is really not a gay film anymore. Alexa, who is peripheral to the short, drives the new film from the opening frames. Johnny's backstory of a distant father and a youthful stepmother certainly explains his vulnerability, but his friends are not privy to the same personal details the audience sees, and that sets up the somewhat unsatisfactory, though perhaps realistic, ending. Threesome, based on the college experiences of the director, was shot with an alternative ending that appeared on the 2001 release (unlike some male-male scenes that were cut and never seen) which also had problems. How do you resolve any threesome satisfactorily? We never learn how Johnny vanquished his personal demons except to see the sign on the door he enters in the last frames.
Threesome has about the same rating as this film overall, but has more five-star votes than otherwise. I would recommend Threesome over Dare, but the Dare short is a keeper and film comes very close as well.
DARE exists in the Twilight Zone of those films. We start in the very familiar teen film world Soccer Star; Stage Crew nerd; Star Student, and act by act, character by character deconstruct it all until we are left with three very real and very vulnerable teens who are in over their heads. It doesn't matter if you were like the one of the characters (and chances are you were) someone you know was.
Emmy Rossum shrugs off her Hollywood training and digs deep for all that is good and ugly about her character Alexa. No one who sees her here will forget her transformation from blushing wall flower to would be seductress. Nor will they forget her face in the final scene when she realizes she isn't really either of those things.
Ashley Springer takes a difficult role and humanizes it - taking the "gay best friend" out of the glib pigeon hole that Sex and the City put him in, and makes him real. He will make you wonder about Ducky.
Zach Gilford as the Jock will surprise anyone who hasn't been watching Friday Night Lights. He turns in an eye opening performance and by the end you will be feeling every last moment with him. I saw this film at Sundance and the crowd there fell for him.Read more ›
The film is split into three parts--one to represent each of the young protagonists. Emmy Rossum effectively plays an overachiever who doesn't quite click with the popular crowd. When paired for an assignment with rebel jock Zach Gilford, she takes this as a chance to challenge the good girl expectations placed on her by advancing a sexual liaison with him. Her best guy pal, Ashley Springer, is struggling with his own sexual identity--he's both jealous of the new couple and wanting some alone time with Gilford as well. And Gilford, for his part, is much more troubled and complex than he seems and simply yearns for the closeness and normalcy of having real friends. Soon something rather illicit is happening--but with all the conflicting expectations, it seems a recipe for disaster.
All of the performances are terrific. Springer and Rossum capture the push/pull dynamic of a close friendship. Ana Gasteyer has a pivotal and effective role as Springer's mother, and Rooney Mara, Sandra Bernhard, and Alan Cumming lend able support.Read more ›
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we need a part two this, I thought it was a very good movie>>>you must watch this MOVIE WITH AN OPEN MIND<<<to understand..it will make you Cry as well.Published 8 months ago by Ms Daisy
For a while Dare isn't very good at all. Emmy Rossum's character joins a drama club with a really big jerk of a teacher who believes that the best way to act is to do it... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Bryan
I watched this movie because I happened to see the short film that it was based on. Read more
This was a short film that has been given the full length treatment. It is about all round good girl Alexa. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Tommy Dooley
I saw this movie on cable, and thought it was a good movie and & wanted a copy of it for my DVD library.Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
extraordinary, a must in any collection of movies, the best in film and a good price, Thanks for amazing moviePublished 22 months ago by Carlos
I loved this movie. It has an excellent cast, and a touching story line. If you are looking for a good "coming of age" movie, than this one's for you. Read morePublished 24 months ago by James C.
I found the story both agonizingly sweet and somewhat adorable. All the characters seem to want to grow individually, but lack the support or courage to do so without each other. Read morePublished on February 4, 2014 by Shano