Donnie Darko is one of my favorite movies, the kind of mind-bending experience I can watch over and over (and over) again. The film, which was re-released not long ago in an extended director's cut, has achieved cult status, and The Belfast Telegraph has a cool little piece about the movie, spurred in part by a fanatical grab for tickets to an open-air showing of the movie in London, and its first showing on UK television. Ed Caesar, who wrote the article, offers a thought-provoking theory as to why Donnie Darko wasn't a box office smash: "The reason Donnie Darko flopped at the cinema was, quite simply, that its target demographic, teenagers and young adults, didn't go to see it. Instead, they waited for the darkness of the bedroom or a parent-free house to let Frank and Donnie into their lives."
Fair enough, but the article also praises Drew Barrymore (who plays a teacher in the film) and her production company, Flower Films, for backing the movie. I'll give credit where credit is due, but if ever the phrase "phoning it in" could be applied to an actress, I would affix it to Drew Barrymore in Donnie Darko, who seemed to approach her character as if she was doing first-time director Richard Kelly a favor rather than immersing herself in a film which deserved much more than she seemed willing to give.