‘Truth or Dare’: 5 Unanswered Questions From Lucy Hale’s Film

Actress Lucy Hale’s new horror thriller Truth or Dare, out Friday, aims to scare moviegoers in its debut weekend. But it will face fellow genre film A Quiet Place, which has won over critics last weekend and beaten box office expectations.

Truth or Dare follows a group of college seniors on their final spring break vacation in Mexico before entering adulthood. The friends find themselves engaging in a seemingly harmless game of truth or dare. But the game is real, and it follows them home. They’re forced to play the game before the game plays them.

The film hails from Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions. Blumhouse, founded by Jason Blum, are the masterminds behind hits like Paranormal Activity and Insidious. But it’s most known for being the production company to house Jordan Peele’s Oscar-winning film, Get Out. Spoilers ahead, here’s a list of five lingering questions we have after seeing Truth or Dare:

Why would the group trust and follow a random guy?

On the group’s last night in Mexico, Olivia—played by Lucy Hale—befriended a seemingly attractive guy named Carter (Landon Liboiron) at the bar. After the bars closed, Carter suggested a place for Olivia and company to continue partying. They don’t know him, but they decide to follow him anyway because Olivia was interested in him. As we all know, they wind up playing a very real—and deadly—game of truth or dare. This is an easily preventable scenario. But we wouldn’t have a movie if this group of friends wasn’t gullible enough to follow a stranger in Mexico.

Did Penelope really need to die?

The remaining five members—Olivia, Lucas (Tyler Posey), Markie (Violett Beane), Brad (Hayden Szeto) and Penelope (Sophia Ali)—track down the whereabouts of Giselle (Aurora Perrineau), a girl who was wanted for murder (which is a result of her involvement in the game). Giselle, unbeknownst to the group of friends, was dared to kill Olivia (and this is one of two times the game has wanted her to die). As Giselle shoots the gun, Olivia just stands there. But Penelope bravely jumps in front of the bullet and saves her. Penelope's death was preventable, and the film clearly saw this moment as an opportunity to cut another character.    

How did Markie not die after refusing the dare?

Olivia explicitly said: “Tell the truth or you die. Do the dare or you die.” Markie and Olivia were the last players standing, and Markie’s next turn comes. But Olivia asks Markie to refuse her turn because she had a plan. Markie agrees, and her body is soon taken over by a demon. Lucy speaks to the demon to seek advice on how to end the game. And as the demon exits Markie’s body, she’s perfectly fine? It doesn’t make sense that the movie would bend the rules in this scenario, but we suppose they expect moviegoers to just play on.

Why did Olivia open up the game to the rest of the world?

Hale’s Olivia did the unspeakable by the film’s end: asked the entire world to join in on the deadly game of “truth or dare” that claimed the lives of most of her friends. In a last-minute effort to save herself alongside Markie, she takes to her YouTube channel to record a video that invites the world to play along.

Olivia is the film’s supposed selfless good-girl who participates in Habitat for Humanity and gives money to homeless people. During the group’s initial game of truth or dare, she was asked to tell the truth about whether she would sacrifice herself and her entire friend group in an alien invasion to save the rest of the world. Considering she says yes, the ending comes as quite a shock. But it was likely created to set up for subsequent sequels to come.

And as twisted as Olivia’s decision was, it’s also smart. The game could take years to reach her again, especially if the video managed to go viral.

Why is this film Rated PG-13 and not R?

Considering Hale and Posey’s fan bases primarily consist of teen and tween audiences, Universal Pictures and Blumhouse were probably catering to this demographic. If the film committed to an R rating, it arguably would’ve made it a bit better. 

truthrodare Lucy Hale's Olivia, left, and Tyler Posey's Lucas are pictured for a still in "Truth or Dare." The film, from Universal Pictures and Blumhouse productions, is out Friday April 13. Peter Iovino/Universal Pictures

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