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4.0 out of 5 stars The Truth About Dare, February 27, 2010
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Not since Threesome (1994), which born-again Stephen Baldwin has since disowned, has there been such a daring coupling of two men and one woman on screen. The tagline of that earlier film, "One girl. Two guys. Three possibilities," might have been adopted for Dare as well. The elephant in the room is the excellent Dare (2005) short included on the Blu-ray disc. While the swimming pool "dare" scene that is most of the short also appears in the new film, it has been truncated for no obvious reason, and it is not one of the deleted scenes. The new film also suffers by comparison because the chemistry between Johnny and Ben seems stronger in the short.

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.
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Initial post: Aug 28, 2012 11:25:04 PM PDT
rawrrr says:
i disagree about the short. the 'johnny' character is very flat in short, and typical to the many many high school movies there are. i thought the recast was much better. if you listen to the dvd commentary, you'll find that the writer originally wrote the part to be that very straight and average jerky jock type, but upon finding zach gilford in the role, actually felt it became a character with more depth and mystery. when i watched the short myself, i very much felt the movie was spades better...and that the short felt more like an audition scene than anything that was good enough to be released.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2012 12:13:32 PM PDT
Bob Drake says:
I saw the short long before the film was made. It was the version I was used to. That may have made the difference. Also, the sequence was shortened in the film. I preferred the actors in the short, again perhaps because of familiarity. And as I said, I thought Threesome was more daring than Dare when it was released.

Posted on Jun 3, 2013 9:08:04 PM PDT
David says:
What do you think about the blu ray. I was concerned seeing the poor video quality reviews at hd DVD review site. Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2013 6:18:42 PM PDT
Bob Drake says:
The Blu-ray is fine, but the original Dare short is show at standard resolution. I have to admit that it has been a while since I watched it. Zach Gilford plays a great part. At the very end, be sure to read the sign on the door he enters.
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