Character Caroline Wexler
Created by Michael Goldbach
Directed by Michael Goldbach
Other cast Reece Thompson, Andie MacDowell, Josh Lucas, Rachel Blanchard
Release date 10 September 2010 (TIFF), 06 May 2011 (USA)
Running time 98 minutes


Daydream Nation is a 2010 Canadian drama film written and directed by Michael Goldbach. It features Kat Dennings, Reece Thompson, and Josh Lucas. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 10.


Seventeen-year-old Caroline Wexler (Dennings) and her father move from a large city to a small town where an industrial fire burns endlessly and many of the students in her new high school seem to be permanently stoned. One of Caroline’s classmates, Thurston Goldberg (Thompson), quickly falls for her after they first meet at a party. Caroline is attracted to her high school English teacher Mr. Anderson (Lucas) and the two begin to have sex. Caroline eventually realizes that Mr. Anderson is deeply dysfunctional, and breaks off the relationship in favor of Thurston. In return, Mr. Anderson does everything to sabotage the budding romance, and Caroline’s life descends into chaos. Meanwhile, the local TV station, KCRR reports that there is a serial killer who killed a high school cheerleader.


Principal photography began in Vancouver on January 9, 2010.

Caroline has a colour motif: she prefers red apparel and red lipstick to accentuate her femme fatale trait.