Michael Goldbach’s Daydream Nation
opens as its central character, Caroline Wexler (Kat Dennings), bemoans her current state of affairs. Thanks to her father (Ted Whittall), a widower, the worldly Caroline has abandoned the big city for small-town USA. It’s not a particularly boring community (the town’s goings-on include constantly burning gas industrial fires, a raging drug scene, and, last but not least, a serial killer who targets young children), yet Caroline, finding little in the way of a social life, is bored.
Though disaffection is a staple of teen films, Daydream Nation suffers from an overabundance of ennui. While there is nothing ...