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Donnie Darko (2001) movie review

Jake Gyllenhaal (Donnie) and Jena Malone (Gretchen), along with the entire rest of the cast, create great characters and very stunning acting in the film Donnie Darko (2001). Donnie Darko was written and directed by Richard Kelly, and the very famous Drew Barrymore acted in and helped produce this mind trip masterpiece. The cinematography is put together very well, the acting is marvelous, and the plot is just astounding.

Film poster for Donnie Darko

Donnie is a high school boy who is seeing a psychiatrist because of his sleepwalking and general mental instability. He finds himself in a time/worm hole, pursued by an evil bunny (a bunny costume, Frank; played by James Duval). Like most mentally disturbed people in movies, Donnie decides to listen to the talking bunny. This leads to a mess of problems that can’t be directly traced back to Donnie, including a very taboo topic that stems from Jim Cunningham (played by Patrick Swayze) and his addiction to “kiddy porn”.

Eventually Donnie gets his hands on a book on time travel by means of a worm hole. After much thought and reading done by Donnie, he finds himself at the home of the author of the book Roberta Sparrow also known as Grandma Death (played by Patience Cleveland). When things go horribly wrong at the end, Donnie knows what he must do to save his family and friends.

This movie is rated “R” for violence, some drug use, underage alcohol use, sensitive topics, and language. This movie is a mind trip and is not meant for younger viewers and as always, parents’ discretion is highly advised.

For viewers in the Flint area (around the 48473 poastal/area code), check out our local Genesee County Library. Or  check out your local Blockbuster (make sure to click on the "Store Locator" and then type in your postal/zip code, for 48473 or nearby residents click here) For more information on the film Donnie Darko (which had 11 awards and 10 nominations), head over to If you would like to own a copy of the movie (which I recommend) please see


  • Kiani 5 years ago

    ok, I don't think I want to see this movie... but that's because of my personal taste in movies, not because of your review. Too much creep factor weirds me out. :)

  • w1ngnut1988 5 years ago

    I like this movie, good review. It is an interesting movie that is for sure.

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