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Daydream Nation (2011)



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Seventeen-year-old Caroline Wexler (KAT DENNINGS) is facing a teenager's nightmare: her widowed father has moved them from the big city to a tiny town in the middle of nowhere. When Caroline realizes she has nothing in common with the burnout losers in her new school she pursues the one person with who excites her interest - her handsome young teacher, Mr. Anderson (JOSH LUCAS). A bizarre love triangle ensues between Caroline, Mr. Anderson, and a sweet, but troubled classmate (REECE THOMPSON). Featuring a hit indie soundtrack in this mash-up of the bizarre and the beautiful, DAYDREAM NATION is a coming-of-age story for the 21st century. --(c) Anchor Bay

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Kat Dennings
as Caroline Wexler
Andie MacDowell
as Enid Goldberg
Josh Lucas
as Mr. Barry Anderson
Ted Whittall
as Mr. Wexler
Jesse Reid
as Charles
Natasha Calis
as Lily Goldberg
Quinn Lord
as Thomas
Laura Jacobs
as Laura Lee
Sean Tyson
as Police Officer
Adam Slamang
as Party Guy
David Pearson
as Man in Suit
Bruce Harwood
as Mr. Myers
Lauren Robertson
as Doomed Cheerleader
Cole Heppell
as Teenager
Nadine Wright
as Jenny's Mom
Ian Robison
as Jenny's Dad
William Phillips
as Killer (White Suit)
Michelle Creber
as 10 Year Old Girl
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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (11)

A fantastically enjoyable and refreshing piece, nestling itself right between standard Hollywood high school hoopla and more unconventional explorations of teen troubles.

May 7, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Goldbach fills the story with too many distractions, but Dennings, known for "Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist," is feline and fun.

May 7, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

"Daydream Nation" rolls elements of "Juno," "American Beauty," "Donnie Darko" and "Twin Peaks" into a potent blunt.

May 6, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5

Worth seeking out...

May 6, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A fitfully engaging effort that is most successful as a performance piece for actors Kat Dennings and Reece Thompson.

May 5, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

It's a film about teen angst that's too caught up in its characters' state of mind to see its way through to the other side.

May 5, 2011 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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Everything you don't want to happen to youre daughter or if you a teacher in this film,, why do we always blame the teacher. 3 stars 12-2-12

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

I've noticed a trend with movies these days that deal with teenage girls with much older men, and that's to make the teenage girl seem mature beyond her years and "in control". Meanwhile, reducing the older man to a sniveling, whiny, pathetic little boy is supposed to make it less creepy?? Wrong, doesn't make it less creepy. This subject can be done well, like American Beauty, but this one misses the mark by a landslide. Go watch (or re-watch) American Beauty instead!

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


Hmmm... It was okay. Something about it didn't quite grab me, but it was an interesting film and I can't find any real flaw with it. Cast are all fine. Kat Dennings in particular is good here as a rebellious and manipulative teen. Worth a watch, but not something I would watch again in a hurry.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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