Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko ★★★★½

28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes, 12 seconds.

Caught completely off guard by my step daughter asking me if she could watch Donnie Darko. Seems like only yesterday her movies of choice were Twilight and The Hunger Games while now she comes up to me asking about Psycho and Pulp Fiction. To all the parents out there currently suffering through the umpteenth rewatch of Garfield: The Movie, take courage... it does eventually get not only better, but damn great. Eventually. Unless your kid grows into a teenager with shitty taste in movies, which then you probably only have yourself to blame anyways.

Damn this movie holds up great though. I'm quite sure that I haven't watched this in a good 15 years. Some mild surprises like having goofy Seth Rogen show up, but other than that I was a bit shocked at home much my recollection held up. I imagine I had no idea who Rogen was the last time I watched this.

The kid drew her own conclusions as to what this movie was about and I gotta say her theories weren't half bad. I have to admit Donnie Darko seemed a lot less complicated than I remembered, but you still have to put some thought into it. I do remember this was one of the first movies that made me ask "Who cast Drew Barrymore as an adult?" That's how old I am. The concept of Barrymore playing a teacher was at one point very odd to me.

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