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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 Baymore
Rating: R (for drug and alcohol use, sexual content, language and some violent images -- all involving teens)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Goldbach
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 17, 2011
Anchor Bay - Official Site


Kat Dennings
as Caroline Wexler
Reece Daniel Thompso...
as Thurston Goldberg
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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Critic Reviews for Daydream Nation

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (10)

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

Full Review… | May 7, 2011
New York Daily News
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 6, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

Worth seeking out...

Full Review… | May 6, 2011
New York Post
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 5, 2011
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 5, 2011
AV Club
Top Critic

Sonic Youth should sue.

Full Review… | May 3, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Daydream Nation

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

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.

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

Super Reviewer

Daydream Nation Quotes

Caroline Wexler: People will tell you nothing matters, the whole world will about end soon anyway, but those people look the life in wrong way. I mean, things don't need to last forever to be perfect.
– Submitted by Daphiny L (4 years ago)
Rolly: If you believe in love you have to believe in fate.
– Submitted by lee c (4 years ago)
Caroline Wexler: Things don't need to last forever to be perfect.
– Submitted by lee c (4 years ago)
Caroline Wexler: Things don't need to last forever to be perfect.
– Submitted by diane a (4 years ago)

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