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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Enid Goldberg
Ms. Budge
Mr. Wexler
Lily Goldberg
Laura Lee
Police Officer


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 to 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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6 May 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Nação dos Sonhos  »

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1.85 : 1
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The song Laura Lee dances to in the flash back is "Kool Thing" by Sonic Youth. The movie's title comes from Sonic Youth's 1988 album, though "Kool Thing" appeared on their 1990 album "Goo." A major character is named Thurston, which, continuing the theme, is likely taken from Thurston Moore, the band's leader. See more »


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 »


Caroline Wexler: People will tell you nothing matters, the whole world's about to end soon anyway. Those people are looking at life the wrong way. I mean, things don't need to last forever to be perfect.
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References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »


Just Gimme Indie Rock
Performed by Sebadoh
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Pop Art Americana
2 November 2011 | by See all my reviews

This movie was beautiful and surprisingly dark and potent. Basically a teenage girl, played by the slightly-too-old for the role Kat Dennings, arrives to a small town where kids keep getting killed, an industrial fire won't stop burning, and everyone does too many drugs. As someone who has spent time in some small American towns, I could relate to the feeling. Though obviously the director is playing with the conventions here and adding a layer of menace, melancholy and haze to the proceedings. So Kat's character decides to seduce her high school teacher, played by the under-rated Josh Lucas. They begin an affair and all is well, until he instructs her to pretend to date a boy her age so the local yokels won't become suspicious. Needless to say it's all a lot of fun--albeit dark fun--and things take some wild twists that suspend logic but are all the more enjoyable for it. I wish this movie had gotten the attention is deserves--was it even released?--because it's by far the best work Kat Dennings has done, and it's full of amazing images and sharp dialogue. Be advised: this movie is an art film disguised as a teen movie. It's probably too ambitious for its own good, and I can see why it might be passed over by many. But I think it'll be a cult classic and I was pleasantly surprised by the artistry that went into this little indie flick. Extra points for the powerful ending.

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