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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.

Director:

Michael Goldbach (as Mike Goldbach)

Writers:

Michael Goldbach (as Mike Goldbach), Jacob Tierney (story editor)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kat Dennings ... Caroline Wexler
Reece Thompson ... Thurston Goldberg
Andie MacDowell ... Enid Goldberg
Josh Lucas ... Barry Anderson
Rachel Blanchard ... Ms. Budge
Ted Whittall ... Mr. Wexler
Katie Boland ... Jenny
Luke Camilleri ... Rolly
Landon Liboiron ... Paul
Jesse Reid ... Charles
Calum Worthy ... Craig
Natasha Calis ... Lily Goldberg
Quinn Lord ... Thomas
Laura Jacobs ... Laura Lee Johnson
Sean Tyson ... Police Officer
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Storyline

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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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

6 May 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Nação dos Sonhos See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the "Fun With Experiments" scene, the song that plays throughout the montage is "Carmensita" by Devendra Banhart. Kat Dennings (who portrays Caroline Wexler) was in the music video for that song. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Paul: That's the problem - you see god once and suddenly you have divine permission to act like an asshole.
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References Taxi Driver (1976) See more »

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Walk In The Park
Performed by Beach House
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Pop Art Americana
2 November 2011 | by jamesschwartzvedantaSee 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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