The movie opens with Emma Roberts hiding behind a camera going, “I’m only doing this now so you can get blown away later when you find out I’m actually hot.” But until that magic moment, Roberts plays second fiddle to her friend Emily Meade who plays a first rate witch.
Meade lives up to her reputation when she joins a mobile game called Nerve and tells Roberts, “This game is all dares little girl. I’m a player. And you are a watcher because you don’t have balls like me.”
And to push Roberts even more, Meade dares Roberts to talk to her boy crush Brian ‘Sene’ Marc. But when Roberts doesn’t want talk to him, Meade goes right over to Marc and says, “What do you think about getting with my girl?” And he utters, “So sorry, I’m not into girls that look like a part time model.”
That’s when Roberts runs home embarrassed, turns on the computer and says, “Alright Kardashian wannabe bitch, time to select player and make a series of horrible decisions.” And moments later Roberts gets a dare to kiss a stranger in a diner who just happens to be Dave Franco reading a book. Which is funny, because in the real world he would probably be using the book to make the table not wobble.
Once Roberts kisses Franco, they get a dare to go to the city. And that’s when Franco says, “I guess the watchers want to see just how dumb we will get.”
Once they are in the city they get another dare to try on super expensive old people clothes. But as they do this, another player steals their original clothes. So get out of the store Roberts says to Franco, “This is a perfect time to strip down to our underwear and show everyone we just didn’t want to commit to the R rating.”
Fortunately they get outside and learn the watchers have paid for the fancy old person clothes. So they get dressed and then accept a dare to have Franco drive his motorcycle 60 mph through the city completely blindfolded. Once they complete this dare Franco is like, “The most exciting thing about that was we didn’t die.”
Then after a few more dares, Franco admits that he and Machine Gun Kelly are trapped in the game and have to win in the finals to get out. This leads to a final showdown where Roberts pretends to get killed by Machine Gun Kelly in a colosseum that looks like it got attacked by neon lights. But the big twist in the end is that Roberts fakes her death while her hacker friends make all of the watchers accessories to murder. Which prompts everyone to go, “I like the game, but I really don’t like the slammer. I’m logging the eff off.”
ADD Movie Review: The dares in Nerve are so exciting, that you don’t even really care about sailing right over every plot hole.
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