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A girl looking for kicks gets a whole lot more than she bargained for in a singularly curious town in this dark comedy. Caroline Wexler (Kat Dennings) is a clever but cynical 17-year-old whose father is still adjusting to the death of his wife. Caroline's dad takes a new job and they move to a strange community where the sky is always dark thanks to an industrial fire that's been burning for several months and isn't going to be put out anytime soon. Caroline doesn't have much use for her backward drug-addled classmates, and so to relieve her boredom she sets out to seduce Mr. Anderson (Josh Lucas), the best-looking man on the school's faculty. While Mr. Anderson tries to avoid responding to Caroline's blunt sexual overtures, it isn't long before he succumbs to her charms and is sleeping with his new student. But Caroline's new romance turns into a romantic triangle when Thurston (Reece Thompson), one of her stoner classmates, falls head over heels for her and she gives him a chance to impress her. Before long, Thurston is declaring Caroline the love of his life, Mr. Anderson is angry over having a rival for her affections, and the local serial killer begins to make their presence known, picking off the town's teenagers one by one. Also featuring Andie MacDowell and Ted Whittall, Daydream Nation was the first feature film from writer and director Mike Goldbach. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:May 6, 2011


Kat Dennings
as Caroline Wexler
Reece Daniel Thompson
as Thurston Goldberg
Andie MacDowell
as Enid Goldberg
Josh Lucas
as Mr. Barry Anderson
Rachel Blanchard
as Ms. Budge
Ted Whittall
as Mr. Wexler
Katie Boland
as Jenny
Luke Camilleri
as Rolly
Landon Liboiron
as Paul
Jesse Reid
as Charles
Calum Worthy
as Craig
Natasha Calis
as Lily Goldberg
Quinn Lord
as Thomas
Laura Jacobs
as Laura Lee
Sean Tyson
as Police Officer
Genevieve Buechner
as Tina
David Pearson
as Man in Suit
Bruce Harwood
as Mr. Myers
Alex Ferris
as Kid #1
Connor Stanhope
as Kid #2
Cole Heppell
as Teenager
Nadine Wright
as Jenny's Mom
Ian Robison
as Jenny's Dad
William Phillips
as Killer (White Suit)


Jennifer Weiss
Simone Urdl
Trish Dolman
Christine Haebler
Jon Joffin
Ohad Benchetrit
Composer (Music Score)
Aaron L. Gilbert
Musical Direction/Supervision
Jamie Alain
Renee Read
Production Designer
Cameron Lamb
Executive Producer
Sam Maydew
Executive Producer
Aaron L. Gilbert
Executive Producer
Mark Lane
Set Decorator
Ken Shapkin
Costume Designer
Nelson Ferreira
Sound/Sound Designer
Kevin Speckmaier
First Assistant Director
Jack Hardy
First Assistant Director
Jacob Tierney
Story Editor
Ania Musiatowicz
Second Assistant Director
Mike Woroniuk
Re-Recording Mixer
Richard Mintak
Visual Effects Supervisor
Adam Voghell
Post Production Supervisor
Colin Cooper
Assistant Editor
Alex Godfrey
Key Grip