November 11, 2009 at 05:00 AM EST

Dare

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
90 minutes
Limited Release Date
11/13/09
performer
Zach Gilford, Emmy Rossum, Alan Cumming, Ana Gasteyer
director
Adam Salky
distributor
Image Entertainment
author
David Brind
Genre
Drama
We gave it a C+

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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