Written by: Laura Kavanagh
The latest edition of Trailer Story, where we predict the plot of a film based on it’s all too revealing trailer.
Seventeen-year-old Caroline Wexler (Kat Dennings) is facing a teenager’s nightmare: her widowed father has moved them from the big city to a tiny town in the middle of nowhere. When Caroline realizes she has nothing in common with the burnout losers in her new school she pursues the one person who excites her interest – her handsome young teacher, Mr. Anderson (Josh Lucas). A bizarre love triangle ensues between Caroline, Mr. Anderson and a sweet, but troubled classmate (Reece Thompson). Featuring a hit indie soundtrack in this mash-up of the bizarre and the beautiful, Daydream Nation is a coming-of-age story for the 21st century.
Kat Dennings, in what looks something like an Indie Film. Take an Indie looking chick, put her in a messed up coming of age story, throw around names like Donnie Darko and David Lynch and Bam! you have a “weird”, “alternative” film that I’m not so convinced is a great Indie Film but it really, really wants to be one!
The trailer begins with Kat riding her bike along a country road with musings in voice over narration about destiny, looks and sounds innocent enough. But, as we soon find out, “It was the year I moved from the city to a backwards hick town to finish high school.” “The year everything happened” to her apparently. Cue teenage angst from the new girl in town.
All eyes (and I mean all) in the school corridor are looking with disdain and distrust upon the new girl. Surely this never happens. Maybe they are all staring at her because she is clearly around the 25 mark and definitely too old to be there.
We meet the hip and groovy teacher, clearly so because he lets the kids call him Barry. First name terms, he must be every student’s best friend. Not quite sure why the kids hate school so much though…
Hello Andie MacDowell, mum. Love interest number one for bored teenage girl. She’s as bold as brass that one walking right up to his house and telling him she fancies him (not quite how she put it, but you get the picture). Oh, the love interest isn’t Andie MacDowell but her son, by the way. Should make that clear! That would be an interesting film! Kat Dennings and Andie Macdowell in some inter-generational lesbian love affair. I have this great idea for a film Mr Film Board…
Music change from happy twinkly, piano to electric guitar, albeit mild. This plus fireworks (actual fireworks) equals, the kids are getting up to no good. Oh, hang on, scrap that. Kat has some ‘dry, witty comment’ to make about seatbelts sticking into ovaries. Disappointment on the teenage action front as teenage boy is clearly not exciting enough for our Kat.
SLUT! So now we know what the girls in the school think of her, perhaps love interest number one wasn’t the only love interest? And of course we find this out in the toilets, where else? Kat is holding onto her brassiness though, who cares if she slept with 40 guys? “I need to do something to get action in this goddamn town”… or words to that effect, maybe I added that last line.
She wants to be bolder than she already is. How could this girl get any bolder I hear you cry. Shock! By seducing her teacher that’s how. Its all got a bit ‘Wild Things’ up in here.
What’s this? Love interest number one is not happy. He knows when Kat’s Dad tells him she is with friends this must mean she is lying about her whereabouts. As we already know, she is not the most popular of girls. Phew, good, I’m glad they established that so we knew and everything. Shouting ensues, a lamp is thrown, Kat delivers some terrible lines about being the main character in her life, whatever that means… Things are starting to get a little crazy methinks… Here comes the love triangle.
Andie MacDowell with a tin of fairy cakes. MMM!
The remains of the trailer piece together a number of shots whereby apparent
craziness is in the air. At a teenage party someone breaks a window – Crazy. A Strip joint – Crazy. Teacher has a gun and is crying – ok so maybe this is a little crazy. One random shot of love interest number one flying, yes flying along the school corridor. Doesn’t quite seem to fit… dream sequence or ‘got high’ maybe? So crazy!
In conclusion I believe the plot of this film is as follows. Girl from city meets ‘hick’ town. The reason for her being in hick town is probably something to do with her parents’ estranged relationship or such like. New girl in town makes no friends and a number of enemies but she is a hit with the boys at least. Girl is bored of boys and sets her sights higher. Teacher briefly tries to resist before entering a torrid love affair with girl. Initial love interest goes insane with jealousy. Everyone goes insane for no apparent reason other than that the girl has entered their lives. Perhaps the city girl unearths the secret passions of the townsfolk with her exotic city ways. Girl heads back to the city and town, continues her mundane existence having learned not to let city folk in again but it was nice for a brief moment to be crazy and/or girl ‘finds herself’ in this somewhat unconventional but still relatively predictable coming of age story.
Psst – I wrote the story before I read the synopsis, I was kind of right on the parent thing – YES!
Is the rest predictable? Find out now as Daydream Nation is showing in selected cinemas. If you happen to be from a backward ‘Hick’ town like us but are still desperate to see it you can buy it (also now) on DVD and Blu-Ray.
Written by Laura Kavanagh