Daydream Nation

Synopsis: Big city girl Caroline is new to a small town, she disregards her high school classmates, and then just for kicks starts a sexual relationship with her teacher, Mr. A. Meanwhile, there's a serial killer roaming the town, an industrial fire burning on the outskirts, and Thurston is mourning the loss of his best friend. As Thurston falls in love with Caroline, realities quickly catch up to all characters, and they are all going to have to mature or face the consequences.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Michael Goldbach
Production: Anchor Bay
  1 win & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
98 min

- The year this story takes place

is the year nearly everything

happened to me.

It was the year I moved from the city

to a backwards hick town

to finish high school.

It was the year an industrial fire

wouldn't stop burning

just outside of town.

In other news,

the industrial fire continues to rage.

- The year my dad

first discovered an itch

that much later became cancer

and, later still,

took all his hair

and then his life.

It was the year a serial killer

wearing a white suit

roamed the county,

leaving pretty young kids

dead in his wake.

But mostly, it was the year

where I tried to become someone else

for a while,

and for the first time,

I went crazy insane for love.

And it seemed

like the whole world

was about to end.

But in the beginning,

I didn't see any of this in my future.

I just crossed an X on my calendar

and suddenly I was once again

the new girl at a new school

where no one would talk to me.

- Whoa.

Got anything metal on you?

- Don't... think so.

- Well, you must.

What's this?

- A bowling ball.

- Mine now.

- Have you ever entered a room

where you just knew everyone hated you?

Now, multiply that by roughly a million

and you'll understand

my high school experience.

When I know people hate me,

instead of trying

to change their minds,

I get defensive and weird

and become the exact girl

they think I am.

But this school

wasn't just mean and gossipy;

it was full-on scary.

To give you an idea,

let me tell you

the legend of Laura Lee.

- Is it negative five?

- Laura Lee was a student at our school

who danced nights at a strip club.

Kool thing sittin' with a kiddie

Now you know you're sure lookin' pretty

- Nobody talked to her,

but the entire football team

would heat up coins

with butane lighters

and flick them at her

as she walked through the hallways.

Burning currency bounced off her

like hail.

I don't think so

I don't wanna

I don't think so

Kool thing let me play

with your radio

Move me turn me on


- But what's amazing,

is that this poor girl's

attendance record was perfect.

I mean, here she is dancing every night

until 2:
00 or later,

dodging fiery coins and, still,

she makes it to twice as many classes

as most people.

This is full-on triumph

of the human spirit,

but you never see this sh*t on Oprah.

And then, last March,

some girls were playing

in a field...

... when they found her body.

All over her legs,

splotchy and scorched,

were the burned imprints

of various coins.

Few details are known

about the ongoing investigation,

but police sources say

they are looking for a male suspect

wearing a white suit.

- And that was life at Hargrove High.

- People, get to class! Now!

Thank you.

- Hey. Wanna come smoke weed with us

after class?

- Um... sure, that'd be cool.

- It will be.

- Jesus Christ.

- What's your name again?

- Caroline.

- Well, I'm Paul.

Charles, Craig and Thurston.

- Yeah, we met.

- So why would you ever move

to a place like this?

- Ugh, well, my dad works

for this huge development--

- Dude, you're not even inhaling.

- I'm inhaling.

- You're basically making out with it.

You got your goober all over it.

- Ow.

Don't, I...

- I was now attending

the most drugged-out high school

in the whole country,

honest to God.

These guys smoked pot, sniffed glue,

snorted crystal,

did Ecstasy in toilets,

anything to kill the boredom.

But Thurston...

he had reasons of his own.

The face that you saw in the door

Isn't looking at you anymore

The name

That you call in its place

Isn't waiting for your embrace

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