18 Ways "Donnie Darko" Blew Your Teenage Mind

“Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?” Whoa.

1. You considered the possibility of time travel.

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2. You began to understand the complexities of life.

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3. You felt new sympathy for the Smurfs.

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4. You questioned your identity.

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5. You opened yourself up to the idea of true evil.

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6. You began to see your weirdness as an asset.

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7. You wondered how Donnie could know this. And if it was true for you, too.

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8. You pondered the difference between dreaming and waking life.

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9. You found the beauty in the breakdown.

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10. You speculated that we were all just doomed.

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11. So you understood the appeal of changing fate.

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12. You accepted that nothing else made any sense.

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13. And you realized that ultimately, none of it mattered, anyway.

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14. You saw life as cyclical and temporary.

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15. You felt strangely calm about the end times.

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16. You asked yourself the same questions over and over again.

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17. With Donnie Darko, you learned to appreciate the distinct pleasure of a mindfuck.

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18. And, of course, Jake Gyllenhaal.

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Sorry, what were we talking about?

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