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Donnie Darko


Overview - Writer-director Richard Kelly's bold debut film is a social satire, a dark comedy, a science fiction time-traveling fantasy, and a suburban nightmare about an extremely intelligent, depressive, self-destructive, narcoleptic, gun-toting, sex-crazed, teenaged arsonist: Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal).  Read more...

 

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Overview

Writer-director Richard Kelly's bold debut film is a social satire, a dark comedy, a science fiction time-traveling fantasy, and a suburban nightmare about an extremely intelligent, depressive, self-destructive, narcoleptic, gun-toting, sex-crazed, teenaged arsonist: Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal). DONNIE DARKO is not your typical teen comedy. But, like GHOST WORLD and RUSHMORE, it uses the trappings of the teen comedy as the entry point for a subversive and trenchant (and also wonderfully entertaining) look at American life. The difference between those films and DONNIE DARKO is that Donnie is an unlikely hero who just might save the world. It's October 1988, in the Virginia suburb of Middlesex. When Frank, a grotesque giant bunny (possibly imaginary), leads Donnie out of his house minutes before a plane smashes through his roof, he not only saves Donnie's life but also warns Donnie that the world is about to end. Over the next few weeks, Donnie falls in love with Gretchen (Jena Malone) and tries to figure out what his life means. Kelly's film perfectly captures the unease that is quietly scratching under the surface of suburban late 1980s life. Gyllenhaal leads an exceptional cast, bringing Kelly's twisted but humane vision to life. An exceptional performance is given by Mary McDonnell (PASSION FISH) as Donnie's mother.

Cast List

Adam Fields - PRODUCER/EXECUTIVE
Richard Kelly - Director, DONNIE DARKO (2001)
James Duval - Actor/"Totally F***Ed Up"
Jena Malone - Actress
Jake Gyllenhaal - American actor, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN, DONNIE DARKO
Holmes Osborne - Star, DONNIE DARKO (2001)
Mary McDonnell - American actor, DANCES WITH WOLVES/BATTLESTAR GALACTICA
Sean McKittrick - Producer, DONNIE DARKO (2001)
Noah Wyle - American Supporting Actor
Casey LaScala - Executive Producer, DONNIE DARKO (2001)
Hunt Lowry - Producer
Drew Barrymore - American actress and producer
Steven B. Poster - AMERICAN DOP
Steven Poster - AMERICAN DOP
Nancy Juvonen - producer, CHARLIE'S ANGELS (2000)
Michael Andrews - Composer, DONNIE DARKO (2001)
Katharine Ross - American Actress
Patrick Swayze - American actor/dancer/singer, DIRTY DANCING

 
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  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 024543036425
  • Rating: R (MPAA) (language, some drug use, and violence)

Related Categories:
Movies > Horror/Suspense

Related Keywords:
Black Comedy
Science-Fiction
Theatrical Release
Parents
Teenagers
Teenage Fantasy Adventure
High School Experiences
Essential Cinema

 
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Reviews:
"...A remarkably accomplished piece of filmmaking by a 26-year-old Richard Kelly..." - 11/01/2001 Movieline's Hollywood Life, p.48


"...Excitingly original..." - 11/09/2001 Entertainment Weekly, p.84


"...Richard Kelly, the first-time writer-director, is obviously talented....He sees his characters freshly and clearly, and never reduces them to formulas. In Jake Gyllenhaal, he finds an actor able to suggest an intriguing kind of disturbance..." - 10/26/2001 Chicago Sun-Times, p.35


"...A fine film, even an astounding one....DONNIE DARKO has a texture and tang all its own....Haunting and altogether exquisite..." - 10/01/2002 Sight and Sound, p.35-9


"...This is startling filmmaking -- end of story..." - 11/01/2002 Total Film, p.104


"...This home life/high school satire set in someone's twilight zone grabs you and doesn't let go. It's also one of the best cast films of the last decade..." - 03/22/2002 USA Today, p.5E


"One of the most original debuts of the past 20 years..." - 11/01/2004 Uncut, p.158


"DONNIE DARKO has become one of the most original and thought-provoking movies of the last 10 years..." - 02/09/2009 Premiere


5 stars out of 5 -- "[Featuring] Jake Gyllenhaal's as yet unbettered performance and a stunning script." - 08/01/2010 Empire


5 stars out of 5 -- "Watched again now, it is captivating. DONNIE DARKO has a political and satirical flavour that wasn’t as strong at the time..." - 12/22/2016 The Guardian

 
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