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Originally a short on the Boys Life 5 collection, this gorgeously-crafted film tells the story of a high school gay boy who dares to seduce a mysterious (and very hot) bad boy, while his best girlfriend has designs on the same guy.

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Reasons to Buy

  1. The swimming pool scene is scorchingly hot.
  2. Gorgeously shot and told in a crisp style, Dare is indie filmmaking at its best.
  3. Nonchalantly, the character Ben's homosexuality is an assumption, and Johnny's sexuality is left blurred.

DVD Features

- Commentary with director Adam Salky and writer David Brind
- Short Film of Dare
- Deleted Scenes
- Emmy Rossum's Audition
- Trailer


  • Director: Adam Salky
  • Producer: Mary Jane Skalski
  • Producer: Jason Orans
  • Writer: David Brind
  • Length: 1 hrs. 31 mins.
  • Rating: R
  • Released: Feb 09 2010
  • Added: Jan 08 2010
  • Production Year: 2009
  • TLA SKU: 1515996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • UPC Code: 014381638523
  • Catalog #: DV2988002


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9 Reviews for Dare

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Review by Scott Cranin

By: Scott Cranin
In-House Review - Jan 11 2013
Written with wit by David Brind and directed with a clean, crisp style, Dare, takes the gay coming-of-age tale and gives it a fresh new spin. Shot in the wealthy suburbs of Philadelphia's Mainline, this is a story of three children of privilege at th... Read More
4.00 out of 5

Review by Paul Anthony

By: Paul Anthony
Johnny was an excellent portrayal of what a bisexual man goes through as he allows himself to be. Perfect acting on all fronts and even though I would have loved to see the boy get the girl and get the boy, it was an ending none the less. Kudos! V... Read More
3.00 out of 5

Review by Clinton H.

By: Clinton H.
These kids have there share of problems: Isn't that what growing up is all about? However, I was very surprised at the way these kids chose to face those problems, throwing themselves into the situation without much thought. It's an intriguing movie.... Read More
3.00 out of 5

Review by Gaelan

By: Gaelan
I was engaged, interested and will watch it again. The story has a nice twist or two - and I like the reflected reality that the dark horse is the one that will typically achieve freedom.

Zach Gilford gives a wonderful, nuanced performa... Read More
4.00 out of 5

Review by JANORM

This film is very remarkable in its ability to portray a series of events in the life of late teens/early adults and the sexual situations that they are exposed to. Some people may find this film more of a fantasy than fact. That is a problem, for ... Read More

Review by wilmbear

By: wilmbear
Although dare the short film came across as a sweet romantic coming of age tale. The movie turns the gay lead character into a sexual preditor and came player and adds a female character who is no better. Although well acted filmed and written I wish... Read More

Review by Robby

By: Robby
As coming of age films go, this is a good attempt! I think it lost a lot being converted to a feature length film instead of the short we all loved.

The film starts out slow with Alexa. Many of you may have seen the short film of the sam... Read More
3.00 out of 5

Review by Amos Lassen

By: Amos Lassen

Opening the Closet

Amos Lassen

"Dare" dares to be one of the most popular films of 2009 with a cast headed by Emmy Rossum, Zach Gilford and Ashley Springer as well as Sandra Bernhard and Alan Cumming (love his ... Read More

Review by Green Giant

By: Green Giant
i have to admit i went to see DARE to see Zach Gilford do things
you'd never see him do on FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS. and boy does
he ever. the three way relationship he forms with Emmy Rossum and
Ashley Springer is quite believable. and jus... Read More

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