Saturday, March 14, 2020

USA's DARE ME: Sexy, Seductive, & Scandalous Teen Cheerleaders

Here's the plot summary for USA Network's Dare Me:

"Dare Me" is an unflinching exploration of volatile female friendships, jealousy, loyalty and the dynamics of power in a small Midwestern town. Peering behind the all-American facade, the series dives into the cutthroat world of competitive high school cheerleading, following the fraught relationship between two best friends after a new coach arrives to bring their team to prominence. Part coming-of-age story, part small-town drama, part murder mystery, "Dare Me" exposes the physical and psychological extremes that some young women are willing to endure to get ahead.

Dare Me is based on Dare Me - Megan Abbott's novel. You may have read our post on Abbott's novel The End of Everything. If not, the title of the post is: "Three Nymphets & Three Age-Gap Affairs".

Dare Me's premier episode is a good overview of the entire series. Let's start there, then we'll add some details. 

Minutes into the premier episode, Beth (Marlo Kelly) shared with Addy (Herizen F. Guardiola), her high school classmate and fellow cheerleader, that she was confident that she could seduce Sarge Will Mosley - the head military recruiter on campus.

One night, Beth and Addy, and some other members of the cheer squad, drove to their coach's house and spied upon the coach and her family. Upon seeing the coach's husband, Beth opined:  "That's the husband? God, I wouldn't fuck him." Subsequently, Beth asked Addy,  referring to their coach, "Why do you have such a hard on for her?" [...] What, do you want to fuck her?"

Addy didn't take on Beth's wager to seduce Sarge Will, but RiRi (Taveeta Szymanowicz) took on the wager. And her first step was to ask Sarge Will for his contact information. But not to be outdone, Beth sexted Sarge Will a picture of her cleavage. 

And keeping with the lipstick lesbian theme, while spooning during a sleepover, Beth placed Addy's hand under the sheets upon her young vagina. 

By episode 3, to get some intel on Sarge Will, Beth started an age-gap affair with Corporal Kurtz. Before their first (oral) sexual encounter, the Corporal asked the cheerleader, "You wanna waste our precious time talking about my boss? He catches me with jailbait. Then I'm ass-fucked." To which Beth shockingly replied, "Who says you're not gonna get ass-fucked anyway?" Interestingly, the teen lipstick lesbian theme resurfaces in episode 3 with Beth and Addy sensually messaging each others young bodies with lotion. 

In episode 4, the junior varsity (JV) cheerleading team attended a party held in a motel room hosted by military men. Upon seeing the nymphets, one of the men asked, "Are those girls even 16?" But that was after RiRi twerked, in a pair of purple spandex leggings, for the coach's husband. 

After Beth and Addy shared a lipstick lesbian kiss in episode 8, in episode 9, the cheerleaders shared their stances on what brought upon the demise of Sarge Will. A JV cheerleader shared, "It wasn't the war guys. He got caught sleeping with a freshman!"

Andrea Reiher wrote in her Heavy review of the show:

"Someone who thinks these girls are an exaggeration of real teens may not be as in touch with today’s youth as they think they are because both Abbott’s novel and the TV show (on which she is a writer and executive producer) are both startling in their realism."

Lastly, The Hollywood Reporter TV critics recommended Dare Me as one of "11 Things to Watch if You're Stuck at Home"

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