Daydream Nation (film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Michael Goldbach|
|Produced by||Christine Haebler
|Screenplay by||Michael Goldbach|
|Narrated by||Kat Dennings|
|Music by||Ohad Benchetrit|
|Edited by||Jamie Alain|
The Film Farm
|Distributed by||eOne Films|
Daydream Nation is a 2010 Canadian drama film written and directed by Michael Goldbach. It stars Kat Dennings, Reece Thompson, and Josh Lucas. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, 2010.
Seventeen-year-old Caroline Wexler (Kat Dennings) and her father move from the city to a small town where an industrial fire burns endlessly and everyone in her new high school seems to be permanently stoned. One of Caroline's classmates, Thurston Goldberg (Reece Thompson), quickly falls for her after they first meet at a party. Caroline, however, is attracted to her English teacher Mr. Anderson (Josh Lucas), and the two quickly begin an affair.
On Halloween, Thurston and his best friends Paul (Landon Liboiron), Charles (Jesse Reid), and Craig (Calum Worthy) spend most of the day getting stoned and inhaling cleaning products which later cause Craig to have a violent seizure during health class. Afterwards, Mr. Anderson cancels his plans with Caroline in order to help the health teacher Ms. Budge (Rachel Blanchard). Mr. Anderson tells Caroline that they should probably go out with other people to avoid looking suspicious, and blows Caroline off on the phone. Feeling upset, Caroline goes out with Thurston where they end up having sex in her car.
The next day, Mr. Anderson apologizes to her, but says that their relationship must be as discreet as possible. They make up and Caroline spends the night after reading Mr. Anderson's draft of his new novel. Thurston continues to try to pursue Caroline, coming to her home with cupcakes. After he is rejected at the door by Caroline's father (Ted Whittall), Thurston's mother (Andie MacDowell) insists on going over to beseech on his behalf, which leads to her and Caroline's father sharing intimate moments over drinks. Caroline eventually realizes that Mr. Anderson is deeply dysfunctional, and breaks off the relationship in favour of Thurston. In return, Mr. Anderson does everything to sabotage the budding romance, and Caroline's life descends into chaos. Meanwhile, there is a serial killer on the loose.
As Caroline and Thurston's relationship develops, Mr. Anderson becomes even more unstable. He tells Thurston that he was just a cover, and on a rampage, Thurston breaks up with Caroline. Caroline leaves and goes to confront Mr. Anderson, who is on the verge of a breakdown. After Caroline leaves, he tries to shoot himself, but ends up just injuring his leg. Caroline goes to try to find Thurston and calls him while driving, leaving a message telling him to stay at the Christmas party where she will go to find him and that she loves him.
In the meantime, he goes to the Christmas party, and ends up almost having sex with another girl, Jenny (Katie Boland), who's in love with him. Caroline inadvertently crashes her car into the serial killer, who dies. She is thought to be a hero and ends up getting back together with Thurston. Ms. Budge shows up at Mr. Anderson's home to tell him the serial killer is dead and takes him to the hospital to treat his injured leg.
- Kat Dennings as Caroline Wexler
- Reece Thompson as Thurston Goldberg
- Andie MacDowell as Enid Goldberg
- Josh Lucas as Barry Anderson
- Rachel Blanchard as Ms. Budge
- Quinn Lord as Thomas
- Natasha Calis as Lily Goldberg
- Landon Liboiron as Paul
- Katie Boland as Jenny
- Ted Whittall as Mr. Wexler
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