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Daydream Nation (2010)

R | | Drama, Romance | 6 May 2011 (USA)
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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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Enid Goldberg
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Barry Anderson
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Ms. Budge
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Mr. Wexler
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Jenny
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Charles
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Lily Goldberg
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Thomas
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Laura Lee
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Police Officer
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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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A Nação dos Sonhos  »

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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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Caroline's car is a first-generation VW Rabbit, from the late 1970s or early 1980s, which would not have airbags. But when she gets in an accident, an inflated airbag is shown. See more »

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Jenny: [Seeing Caroline in the restroom] Ugh, slut.
Caroline Wexler: What did you call me?
Jenny: I think I just called you a slut, slut.
Caroline Wexler: Why?
Jenny: Because everyone knows that you've banged, like, forty different guys since you came here.
Caroline Wexler: Really? Forty?
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Caroline Wexler: Okay, let's just say that I have banged forty guys. What's the problem? You're just jealous because you've been, ah, brainwashed by puritanical assholes who think sex is a sin. But then again, your, ah, little gerbil-sized brain has been reprogrammed by the...
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References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »

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Lady Day
Written by Lou Reed (uncredited)
Performed by Lou Reed
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Phenomenal debut
31 March 2011 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

It's a rarity to see a contemporary film about a teenage love triangle handled with such nuance and humor... Mike Goldbach's heart-rending dialogue and dreamy directing style resulted in a delicious, hot, compelling, and generally stunning film. Not since Ghostworld has there been a film that so deftly captures the bleakness and existential angst of teenage life. The performance of Kat Dennings has a slyness that evokes Nabokov's Lolita. There's a twisted complexity to her wisdom that could have -- if handled poorly -- could have come across as contrived or cloying, but thanks to Goldbach's subtle writing, she's a wholly endearing character. The same goes for the rest of the cast. And the soundtrack is an indie wet dream. I cannot wait to see what he does next.


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