Daydream Nation

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  • R
  • 2010
  • 1 hr 38 min
  • 6.3  (12,945)
  • 57

Daydream Nation is a coming-of-age comedy-drama film released in 2010. Directed by Michael Goldbach, the movie follows the story of Caroline Wexler (Kat Dennings), a smart yet rebellious teenager who moves to a small town with her father. She quickly becomes the talk of the town due to her unorthodox behavior and indulges in a complicated love triangle with two different boys.

Caroline is a witty and intelligent eighteen-year-old girl who cannot seem to fit in with the world around her. She is bored with her life and wants something more. The movie is set in the small Canadian town of Smithville, where Caroline moves with her father after he separates from her mother. Caroline quickly realizes that life in a small town is not for her.

In an attempt to escape her mundane life, Caroline starts an affair with the young and handsome Mr. Anderson (Josh Lucas), her English teacher. Meanwhile, she also befriends Thurston (Reece Thompson), a shy but artistic young man who is trying to find his place in life. Thurston harbors a secret crush on Caroline, but she is too busy engaging with other adventures to notice.

As Caroline juggles her affair with Mr. Anderson and friendship with Thurston, she becomes increasingly detached and detached from her surroundings. Her restlessness leads her to embark on wild adventures such as sneaking into abandoned buildings, experimenting with drugs, and even setting Anderson's house on fire.

Amidst all these adventures, Caroline's self-destructive tendencies take a toll on her mental and emotional health. These actions lead to confrontations, heartbreak, and some pretty funny moments as the story unfolds. Andie MacDowell, one of the industry's most popular actresses, plays Caroline's concerned mother who is entirely unaware of her daughter's true nature.

Daydream Nation is unique, as it delves into topics such as love, sex, drugs, and rebellion that are typically taboo, yet necessary for teen-oriented coming-of-age movies. The film's plot is dotted with elements of dark humor, black comedy, and satire, providing a commentary on the average small town life in America. The movie showcases how teenagers use their unique individuality and burgeoning sexuality to rebel against a society that tries to suppress these traits.

Throughout the film, the themes of loneliness and alienation are prominently highlighted. We see how the small town's conservative values clash with Caroline's individuality, leading her to feel more isolated than ever. At the same time, Thurston's own isolation and Caroline's manic, unpredictable behavior prevent the two from enjoying a meaningful relationship. Despite the romance and humor, the movie also exposes how emotionally damaging teenage experimentation can be.

Director Michael Goldbach strives to create a visually stunning film that matches the words and thoughts of the main protagonist, Caroline. The cinematography is arthouse-inspired, with unique angles and extensive use of colors and lights. The result is a film that is visually stunning, complementing Caroline's emotional conflicts and rebellious tendencies.

While anchored by strong performances from Kat Dennings and Reece Thompson, Daydream Nation is also complemented by a great soundtrack, featuring tracks from artists like Sonic Youth, Devendra Banhart, and Emily Haines. The music along with the excellent cinematography serves as a window to Caroline's mind and what she is going through.

In conclusion, Daydream Nation is a perfect coming-of-age film for young adults dealing with the challenges of growing up. It is an insightful look at teenagers' behavior and how they use their individuality to assert their strength and rebellion against society. The film packs many laughs, and the witty script is entertaining throughout. The themes and characters throughout the story are relatable and engaging, and the viewer will find themselves rooting for Caroline and Thurston to find real connection and happiness in their lives.

Daydream Nation is a 2010 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 38 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.3 and a MetaScore of 57.

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