(Kat Dennings, Reece Thompson, Josh Lucas, Andie Macdowell, et al / DVD / NR / (2010) 2011 / Anchor Bay Entertainment)
Overview: Seventeen-year-old Caroline Wexler (KAT DENNINGS) is facing a teenager's nightmare: her widowed father has moved them from the city to a tiny, nowhere town. When Caroline realizes she has nothing in common with the permanently stoned kids that populate her new school, she pursues the one person she connects with -- her handsome young teacher, Mr. Anderson (JOSH LUCAS).
DVD Verdict: Getting straight to the point here, 'Daydream Nation' comes across like a weekly soap opera drama of teenage dysfunction from the off. Whether you take that as good or bad, and depending on if it is your cup o' tea or not, will allow you to move onwards inside this alterna-teen story from the late twentieth century.
Infused with a healthy dose of Sonic Youth - I mean, even the film's title comes from the band's 1988 album! - the cinematic themes reflect classic Sonic songs and more.
Indeed, writer/director Michael Goldbach names one of the leads after lead singer, Thurston Moore! A personal salute to his days gone by? Yes, for sure. A Sonic Youth tribute movie - far from it.
Basically, 'Daydream Nation' is about a disenfranchised band of youths behaving badly in a small, and definitely sketchy town. But unlike the creations it's similar to, 'Daydream Nation' is a undecidedly uneven tale; over-saturated with side plots, flat characters, and comes complete with a stunningly bipolar tone. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Behind the Scenes