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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Dare Me is a dramatic thriller about the lengths competitive cheerleaders from an Ohio high school will go to get what they want.This mature series features lots of edgy content, ranging from murder to strong sexual content, including simulated sex acts. There’s also some underage drinking, cigarette smoking, and copious amounts of cursing (Note: the streaming version of the series has stronger language than what airs on TV). Logos shown from a distance include Coors and Coca Cola, while iPhones are often visible. The soundtrack features music by the Raveonettes, Smokio Ono, and Lizzo.
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What's the story?
Based on Megan Abbott’s popular book of the same name, DARE ME is a dramatic thriller about the lengths competitive cheerleaders from an Ohio high school will go to get what they want. Addy Hanlon (Herizen Guardiola) is best friends with Beth Cassidy (Marlo Kelly), fellow cheerleader and troubled captain of the fictitious Sutton High School squad. When new coach Collette French (Willa Fitzgerald) takes over the team, the dynamics change, and Beth and Addy’s relationship grows tense. While the squad works towards the championships, some of their darker secrets some to light, As a result, when a terrible crime is committed in the small town, they are all left to wonder if someone they know is responsible.
Is it any good?
This edgy series mixes teen drama with a criminal whodunnit while simultaneously looking at the physical and psychological extremes competitive cheerleaders endure. It’s not clear who has committed the crime, or who's out to do harm to another, which creates a compelling mystery. Meanwhile, viewers are offered some melodramatic moments, as the personal problems of specific characters reveal themselves throughout the story. But sometimes the efforts to create suspense are drawn out too long, making it frustrating to watch at times. But Dare Me offers enough guilty pleasure to make it entertaining.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the role of the adults in the cheerleaders’ lives. Is it possible for them to be flawed, and still be good role models?
Dare Me portrays cheerleading culture as psychologically and physically stressful to those who participate in it. How accurate do you think this is?
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