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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Lance Egly

Lance Egly Group 1-Section 12.

Installment 1 of 3.

I have decided to write my final report over films of philosophy, or rather the films that have personally made me question my philosophies, as well as numerous other aspects of my life. 

The first film I chose to discuss is called DARE, a 2009 film surrounding three teens in high school as they try to navigate their tumulus relationship between each other. Emmy Rossum plays Alexa, a 'plain jane' thespian type of girl who wants to become an actress. Ashley Springer plays Ben, a closeted gay teen(and Alexa's best friend) who is part of the production cast alongside Alexa in the school's theatre production. The third student is Johnny(Zach Gilford) and emotionally starved popular student who is simply craving affection from anyone willing to give it.
These three students embark upon a mission for love, maturity, experience, and peace of mind. The philosophical aspect of the film that really had me reeling--the main questions this movie made me ask myself were 'Who am I?', 'Who do I want to be?', 'What am I willing to do to get there?' And 'Who am I willing to use?' All of the characters in this film use each other in some form or fashion. Alexa is trying to add some experience and edge to her life to help her gain what she thinks is necessary for her to become an actress. Ben is, to me, trying to rise on the social ladder, while Johnny simply wants to be loved and appreciated for who he is. The movie ends in such a way that all three teens have an awakening and have discovered who they are, rather who they don't want to be any longer. I recommend this film for anyone who is trying to gain an outside perspective on people's reasoning.


  1. 'Who am I?', 'Who do I want to be?', 'What am I willing to do to get there?' And 'Who am I willing to use?' - universal questions of youth and adolescence. Makes you wonder - or me, anyway - why philosophy isn't being taught in every high school and middle school AT LEAST.

  2. Anonymous12:25 PM CDT

    Seriously though, if Philosophy was taught to a younger age bracket, wouldn't that be much more useful than, let's say, home economics, or contemporary issues? I can agree whole-heartedly that there needs to be some changing of the school's curriculum at least.