Daydream Nation (2011)



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Movie Info

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). … More

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


as Caroline Wexler

as Thurston Goldberg

as Enid Goldberg

as Mr. Barry Anderson

as Ms. Budge

as Mr. Wexler

as Charles

as Lily Goldberg

as Thomas

as Laura Lee

as Police Officer

as Party Guy

as Man in Suit

as Mr. Myers

as Kid #1

as Doomed Cheerleader

as Teenager

as Jenny's Mom

as Jenny's Dad

as Killer (White Suit)

as 10 Year Old Girl
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Critic Reviews for Daydream Nation

All Critics (20) | 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

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