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DVD Review: 'Daydream Nation'

Jason Coleman Jason Coleman
May 17th, 2011 11:00am EDT

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Slackers, stoners and plenty of teen love and angst – another dreary day in High School.  We’re saluting all things adolescent with a look at the new to DVD Anchor Bay release "Daydream Nation," hitting shelves May 17.  Check out the review and features look below.

 

Daydream Nation DVD

 

 

   Title: "Daydream Nation"

   Grade: 2

   Cast: Kat Dennings, Reece Thompson, Josh Lucas

   Director: Michael Goldbach

   Rating: R

   Runtime: 98 minutes

   Release Company: Anchor Bay Entertainment

   Website: www.anchorbayent.com

 

 

 

The Flick: A strange character study, "Daydream Nation" seemed like "Grand Canyon" for the high school crowd.  In the midst of this weird flick about a gal who must ultimately choose between a shy fellow school-boy and her smart and passionate teacher, there are both highs ("Rocket Science" stutterer-in-love Reece Thompson is again wonderfully awkward here!), lows (Kat Dennings’ character is cute, but hard to root for!) and oddities (what a weird film for Josh Lucas to be in – bold move brother!) running rampant.  But for all the seemingly unique style, stunt casting and hip soundtrack, this one just feels like a been there, done that.

Best Feature: There’s only one, namely a Behind the Scenes doc, but it’s hardly a best.  Standard stuff - a lot of script talk, working with so and so and yada, yada, yada…

Best Hidden Gem: Seeing the wonderful Andie MacDowell shine in a role that brings her back to her "sex, lies, and videotape" roots of great acting – good to see you in top form Andie!

Worth the Moola: Not unless you have burned through all your "Sixteen Candles," "The Breakfast Club" and "Juno" DVD’s and your desperate for a dysfunctional high school fix.

 

Photo Credits: Photos Courtesy of Anchor Bay Films


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