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Daydream Nation (2010)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  6 May 2011 (USA)
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Tells the story of a city girl who moves to a small town and becomes entangled in a love triangle between her high school teacher and a stoner classmate.

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Big city girl Caroline is new to a small town, she disregards her high school classmates, and then just for kicks starts a sexual relationship with her teacher, Mr. A. Meanwhile, there's a serial killer roaming the town, an industrial fire burning on the outskirts, and Thurston is mourning the loss of his best friend. As Thurston falls in love with Caroline, realities quickly catch up to all characters, and they are all going to have mature or face the consequences. Written by napierslogs

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Rated R for drug and alcohol use, sexual content, language and some violent images - all involving teens | See all certifications »

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The song Laura Lee dances to in the flash back is "Kool Thing" by Sonic Youth. See more »

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When Caroline and Barry argue, she accidentally throws the cup of coffee on the floor and breaks it. After the few seconds there are two cups on the table again. See more »

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Caroline Wexler: What did you say to him?
Barry Anderson: Caroline... you and I are meant to be together.
Caroline Wexler: Oh my God, you are fucking crazy!
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Very well written...
21 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Caroline Wexler (Dennings) just moved into town. And it's not that great a town. There's an industrial fire that's been burning for months, there's a serial killer wearing a white suit on the loose and the local townies mix whatever household chemicals they can just to catch a quick high. As Caroline tells us in her opening narration, this is the year that everything happened to her... and she is not wrong -- because a lot goes down in the 98 minutes as we watch.

She decides to create a new persona because no one really knows her, so she can be anyone she wants to be. So, what's a girl with no identity to do... well, for starters, she seduces her teacher (Josh Lucas) and even covers it up by sleeping with one of the townie stoners (Thompson). When the young boy starts to fall for Caroline, it makes things a little more complicated... so his mother (MacDowell) decides to go over and meet with Caroline and her father.

It all weaves together into a wonderfully written film that is both fun and sad. The characters are all people we could relate to and give a hoot about. Dennings actually reminded me of Emma Stone from "Easy A" as I watched, teenagers speaking with razor-sharped tongues and dialog that just sparked with wit and sophistication.

I would basically say it's all about those awkward teen years and what they make us do. It's a teen dramedy. And it was pretty darn good. See more reviews at www.soveryterry.com Final Grade: B


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