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Nerve

  • 2016
  • PG-13
  • 96min
  • 66%
  • 6.6 / 10

Vee, played by Emma Roberts, is a high school student who is struggling to cope with the death of her older brother and her dreams of attending college. To deal with her loss, she agrees to join her best friend Sydney as a player in a multiplayer online reality game show called Nerve. The Nerve game involves two categories of players: “Players” who accept dares to receive monetary rewards and “watchers” who provide the dares, vote on players’ performance, and provide other benefits. Vee's friend, Sydney, has become popular in the game as a player. Vee and Sydney begin to take on a series of dares, which gradually escalate from innocent truth or dare type games like kissing a stranger and receiving a tattoo to significantly more involved dares. The game is revealed to have a dark side, however, with players warned that snitches get stitches. As the intensity and danger of the dares increases, those players who defect from the game and attempt to alert the authorities suffer severe punishments, including identity theft, loss of all money in their bank accounts, or similar attacks made against the players’ friends and family members. Punished players become a third special player type, a 'prisoner' who must perform a series of dares to the satisfaction of the watchers to regain those things stolen from them. Vee is soon trapped as a prisoner, and the dares become deadly serious.

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Nerve was adapted from a novel of the same name by Jeanne Ryan. The film adaptation had a significantly lighter tone and a happier ending than the novel, as the film was intended to appeal to a younger audience and was made to have a PG-13 rating. Nerve was a box office success, earning over $85 million against its $19 million budget. It also received generally favorable reviews.

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Nerve is a 2016 American adventure film released by Lionsgate. The film was directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman from a screenplay written by Jessica Sharzer. The film stars Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, and Juliett Lewis.