WYSWI: Dare

What is Dare? A drama centered around three high school seniors – an aspiring actress, her misfit best friend, and a loner – who become engaged in an intimate and complicated relationship.

Alexa Walker (Emmy Rossum) is a young actress who gets told by her idol that she has no passion. She is playing someone who is craving lust yet she doesn’t even know what that feels like. So, she dares herself to be different and decides to lose her virginity. She picks Johnny (Zach Gilford), a bad boy who is known for being distant. However, to complicate things further, her sheltered best friend Ben (Ashley Springer) also dares himself to peruse Johnny.

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The Good? Emmy Rossum was just about the only good thing about this movie. Her performance was just about the only one that didn’t make me feel bored out of my mind. However, the plot has some redeeming values. Dare manages to do everything you thought it wasn’t going to do. It is almost as if movie is daring you to see how crazy it can get. This movie was constantly proving me wrong.

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The Bad? The plot is shaky at best and there is one character that serves no purpose. You think that she is going to go after Rossum but at the last minute nothing happens. Springer’s performance is cringe worthy. He made me feel awkward through his awkwardness. Also, this movie has the magical power of going nowhere, right up to the very end. There is no resolution, only more conflict it seems.

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Why you should watch it? All in all Dare is a movie you should watch with a group of friends just so you can laugh and discuss the ridiculousness on screen.

 

WYSWI: That Awkward Moment

What is That Awkward Moment About? Three best friends find themselves where we’ve all been – at that confusing moment in every dating relationship when you have to decide “So…where is this going?”

Jason (Zac Efron) finds himself inbetween a rock and a hard place when he meets Ellie (Imogen Poots), an up and coming writer, after pleading to stay single. Mikey (Michael B. Jordan) is broken after he finds out his wife Vera (Jessica Lucas) has cheated on him and wants a divorce. Meanwhile, Daniel (Miles Teller) is struggling with his feelings for Chelsea (Mackenzie Davis).

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The Good? Imogen Poots shines in this movie and has quickly become one of my favorite actresses ever. The way she pulls off total independence while still maintaining to be approachable and relatable is astounding. Her delivery is spot on, and she plays the perfect foil to the playboy Jason. The characters in the movie feel like people I would know in real life. Michael B. Jordan also does a fantastic job as the guy who is totally over the hookup culture. I have been this guy on more than one occasion so it was easy to see where he was coming from.

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The Bad? That Awkward Moment is a bromantic comedy, which is a genre that isn’t really well accepted yet. Guys won’t watch it because it seems to chickish, and girls won’t watch it because the story is from a male perspective as he is talking about women. The movie can also be a little slow at times, and certain characters feel completely wasted. For example, Mikey and Vera’s storyline seems like it should have been the main focus of the movie, since it is the event that sparks the main problem, but it gets shoved into the corner to make room for Daniel awkwardly navigating life.

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Why you should watch it? The Awkward Moment has a lot to say about the generation that we live in. It does a good job of being self aware and mimicking the language and attitudes of 20 somethings. All in all That Awkward Moment is a good time and comes off as very relatable. It isn’t the most memorable movie but it is a great bromantic comedy.

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What would you rate it? 4/5