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Dare

DareDare, a sweetly sexed-up high school triangle movie, is like a John Hughes comedy trying to pass itself off as ''transgressive.'' To feed...DareDramaPT90MPG-13Dare, a sweetly sexed-up high school triangle movie, is like a John Hughes comedy trying to pass itself off as ''transgressive.'' To feed...2009-11-11Alan CummingAna GasteyerAlan Cumming, Ana GasteyerImage Entertainment
Emmy Rossum, Zach Gilford, ... | ILL MET BY MOONLIGHT High school gets confusing for Zach Gilford and Emmy Rossum in Dare

ILL MET BY MOONLIGHT High school gets confusing for Zach Gilford and Emmy Rossum in Dare

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Dare

Genre: Drama; Starring: Zach Gilford, Emmy Rossum, Alan Cumming, Ana Gasteyer; Director: Adam Salky; Author: David Brind; Runtime (in minutes): 90; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: Image Entertainment

Dare, a sweetly sexed-up high school triangle movie, is like a John Hughes comedy trying to pass itself off as ”transgressive.” To feed her art, Alexa (Emmy Rossum), an overachieving good-girl actress, transforms herself overnight into a lusty siren; Ben (Ashley Springer), her shy, gay loner of a best friend, undergoes just as quick an image makeover, shucking his outcast blues by coming out; and Johnny (Zach Gilford), the school’s alienated James Dean, is the love object they both seduce. The actors, all great camera subjects, help give director Adam Salky’s overly pat movie a trace of confessional conviction. C+

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