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Donnie Darko is an incredibly deep and multi-layered film about life, death, self sacrifice, and the nature of time and reality.

Yes it has a deep philosophical meaning, and it points at the superficiality of everyday society. Full of irony and dark humour, it has a lot of emotional depth and intelligence and in places is genuinely creepy.
At an even deeper level its about the psychic and about the experience of schizophrenia.

The real question is at the end, does Donnie make the right decision?, at one level he does not, at another he sacrifices himself to save his girlfriend and Frank - the rabbit - the boy, plus maybe his sister and mother.

Here's another question, why does Frank save Donnie in the first place? - saving Donnie starts the cycle that kills Frank, and then saves him again when Donnie sacrifices himself? Yeah Franks a seriously odd character.

In all not a film for the stupid or the shallow, but otherwise wonderful.
(Example - Donnie Darko) Can't think of one except the film itself, its easier to just go and watch the film. :D
by Quantum Power February 10, 2012
 
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An excellent yet overrated cult movie made by Richard Kelly.

Donnie Darko is a troubled adolescent who's life is saved when a giant bunny rabbit orders him to follow him one night. A plane engine so happens to crash on Donnie's room, but he is gone with frank (which is why his life is saved)

Realizing that his life should have ended then, Donnie finds secrets of physics and experiments things related to time travel and a book, that simply cannot be a coincidence. He is also going through a major teenage confusion, doubting humanity and especially adults.
Just look at how the parents' reaction is different to the childrens', when Donnie is bashing Jim Cunningham on stage. They are shocked, while the teens actually relate to the REALISM of Donnie's words.
Things cannot always be devided in only two paths.
Life isn't that simple.

Donnie Darko, the movie, is a presentation of many philosophies that only very few people ever think of.
"Destruction is a form of creation"
Etc, etc.

Fantastic, yet kind of overrated movie by most.
I see ALOT of people who "respect" and "worship" this movie yet cannot understand crap about it.
Some like it just because it's oh so underground/cult, and never actually try to think about the message flowing in the movie.
Sad.
The children will have to save themselves because the parents have no clue.
by Urban Dictionary June 22, 2005
 
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An excellent cult movie about a borderline-schizophrenic adolescant who starts having visions of a six foot rabbit named Frank, who has come to warn him that the world is coming to and end. A thought provoking film about time-travel, apocalyptic visions and the wonders of reality.
"Twenty Eight Days, Six Hours, Forty Two Minutes, Twelve seconds...That Is When The World Will End."

"Some people are just born with tragedy in their blood."

"If the sky were to suddenly open up, there would be no law, there would be no rule. There would only be you and your memories."

"Cellar Door"
by Jen October 07, 2003
 
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one of the best fucking movies ever
donnie darko kicks major rectum
by anonoymous726389 October 19, 2004
 
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An amazing cult film with great cinematography, dark humor, great dialogue, smart themes... and an entity in a twisted bunny suit that prophesizes the end of the world.
It defies categorization as a film, and one must watch it in its entirety to fully appreciate it. You may still not understand it after watching it, but it doesn't matter. The film is still riveting and engaging in every single way.
Donnie Darko sure as hell beats the crap out of the Boondock Saints.
by Absinthe May 23, 2004
 
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Possibly the best movie ever made.
"Cellar Door"
"Go Suck A Fuck!"
by YouSuckThat'sAll February 20, 2005
 
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A cinematic masterpiece, written and directed by Richard Kelly, about the creation of a tangent universe (i.e. the collapse of time and space leading up to the Apocalypse) and one semi-schizophrenic teenager's time-traversing attempt to discover the cause of the creation of the said universe and reverse it. Is a thought-provoking spectacle which is only really condemned by those who were angered that it didn't contain much violence or at least one full-blown sex scene. Shallow people, that is. Oh, also, I'm a massive fan of the movie but I don't consider myself a pseudo-intellectual... though there's no denying that it's intelligent. Don't listen to those who put it down because, quite simply, they don't have an active brain cell between them.
Donnie Darko is possibly the best movie ever made.
by UNTERMENSCHEN May 22, 2005
 
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A wonderfully cinematic and compelling film directed by Richard Kelly and staring a wonderful cast headed by Jake Gyllenhaal and Jena Malone about a teenage boy turned superhero after a 6 foot tall rabbit helps him destroy the tangent universe that has been created, and save humanity.

Ultimately a sci-fi/love story, but one hell of a film at that!

(p.s. the pills were placebos)
Every creature on this earth dies alone.

Movie goer one: I didn't like it that much.
Movie goer two: That's cos you didn't understand it! Look it up in the urban dictionary.
by Shaf November 09, 2004