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FilmStubs: Donnie Darko (2001)

After narrowly escaping a bizarre accident, a troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes. (R, 113 min.)


Wednesday, October 12, 2022

7:00 PM

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There will be a discussion following the film.
Tickets will be available the day of the screening at concessions.

Before STRANGER THINGS combined science fiction, Spielberg-ian thrills, and 1980s nostalgia to much acclaim, Richard Kelly set the high-water mark with this debut feature. Initially beset with distribution problems, it would slowly find its audience and emerge as arguably the first cult classic of the new millennium. Described by its director as ''THE CATCHER IN THE RYE as told by Philip K. Dick'," DONNIE DARKO stars Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, Patrick Swayze, Drew Barrymore, Mary McDonnell, Katharine Ross, and Noah Wyle.
[American Genre Film Archive] Restoration courtesy of Arrow Films and the American Genre Film Archive

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne, Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Duval, Patrick Swayze
Director: Richard Kelly
Genre(s): Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

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"It is funny, sad and beautiful"

— Joe Donnelly, L.A. Weekly

"Excitingly original indie vision."

— Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

"Haunting and altogether exquisite."

— Leslie Felperin, Sight & Sound

"Donnie Darko rightly made a star of Gyllenhaal."

— Tara Brady, Irish Times

"A mini-masterpiece that marks the arrival of brave new talents in Gyllenhaal and Kelly. Cult glory beckons."

— Alan Morrison, Empire Magazine

"The nerviest, oddest, most outlandish and idiosyncratic American indie debut since 'Buffalo 66,' Richard Kelly's Donnie Darko defies description."

— Michael Atkinson, Mr. Showbiz

"Like gathering storm clouds, Donnie Darko creates an atmosphere of eerie calm and mounting menace -- stands as one of the most exceptional movies of 2001."

— Jean Oppenheimer, New Times (L.A.)

"An unnerving, electrifying debut film from 26-year-old writer/director Kelly, one that elucidates the universal traumas of growing up, but does so with a startling uncommonness."

— Kimberley Jones, Austin Chronicle

"A stunning technical accomplishment that virtually bursts with noise, ideas and references, but it's fundamentally a gracefully crafted movie that's about human beings and not images."

— Andrew O'Hehir, Salon

"Kelly is a supple and courageous storyteller, boldly free-associating as he mixes parody and satire with earnest psychodrama and coming up with plot points no one could anticipate."

— Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader

"If revisiting an old movie is a bit like going back in time, that sense of disorientation is doubled in DONNIE DARKO . . . A haunted miasma of youthful alienation, suburban malaise, cosmic upheaval, and 1980s pop-cultural infatuation."

— Justin Chang, L.A. Times

"Kelly, the 26-year-old writer-director of this excitingly original indie vision, shares more artistically with Wes Anderson or Paul Thomas Anderson than he does with Spielberg or John Hughes, but the point is, he's out on his own here. He swings big -- with flair."

— Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly