Junkets are pretty standard fare. You get shoved into a room, say “hello” to a celebrity, say your name to the person slating video in the back and try to get as many questions in a small time frame before being told to wrap it up. It’s very quick once you’re in there.
Sometimes things go differently, though. At the junket for Nerve—about a fictionalized app that puts teens in danger by escalating dares (for cash payments) for an online fanbase that pays to watch—the stars Dave Franco and Emma Roberts took a different approach to the standard junket and dared me to do stuff. So while you’ll learn about their early computer obsessions (The Oregon Trail) and some stunts they shot, they also put myself front and center by daring me to read a book in an accent of my choosing (not sure what I chose, maybe Dixie-crat?) and sing my favorite karaoke song over their favorite karaoke song.
Nerve, which was directed by the Catflish directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, hits theaters on Wednesday, July 27 and the above type of dares and interview is akin to the more sweet-natured start of the film. The dares do get more intense and reveal a larger conspiracy the more that the pair keep accepting the dares.
Here’s the official plot synopsis:
Industrious high school senior, Vee Delmonico [Emma Roberts], has had it with living life on the sidelines. When pressured by friends to join the popular online game Nerve, Vee decides to sign up for just one dare in what seems like harmless fun. But as she finds herself caught up in the thrill of the adrenaline-fueled competition partnered with a mysterious stranger [Dave Franco], the game begins to take a sinister turn with increasingly dangerous acts, leading her into a high stakes finale that will determine her entire future.