Indie Gems: Daydream Nation

A dreamer, that's what he was.
Caroline (Kat Dennings) has just moved from the big city to a small town. This year, everything would happen to her. Her new home town is plagued with an industrial fire that burns outside of town, and a serial killer praying on young women. Then there's the fact that Caroline is having an affair with one of her teachers, Mr. A (Josh Lucas) and also carrying on a relationship with stoner buddy Thurston (Reece Thompson) who has plenty demons of his own.

Kat Dennings may not be the strongest actress out there, but she's well on her way. What she lacks when trying to convey extreme emotions she makes up for in spunk during the rest. She's a great narrator for this film, she makes it interesting despite it's flaws. I felt like they tried to cram way too many subplots into one film. All were strong enough ideas and I felt they didn't get the time they deserved, but if they did the film would've been longer and just as jumbled. Like it tried to be an ensemble piece, but it just couldn't break away from Caroline as it's lead. Needless to say, this film is never boring.

Recommended: Yes

Grade: B

Memorable Quote: "The only reason you think I'm ethereal is because we just flirt and have sex!" - Caroline (Kat Dennings)


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