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Donnie Darko is a movie directed by Richard Kelly about a teenager struggling with being an outcast, sleep disorders, hallucinations, pedophiles and being in therapy. Or is he? Stars Jake Gyllenhaal.

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Does Donnie Darko make sense without the additions in the Director's Cut? [closed]

I had never seen Donnie Darko, and I just did. I think I have never been so confused after watching a film. I looked up on the Internet for explanations about the movie, and I found out that in the ...
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What is the meaning behind the use of time in Donnie Darko's cinematography?

Throughout the film we see time used in various ways: some scenes are sped up, while others are set in slow motion. There are also crazy jump cuts to different scenes all over the place. I know this ...
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Where does the jet engine come from? [duplicate]

In the movie Donnie Darko, where does the jet engine in the beginning of the movie come from originally?
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Where did the jet engine come from in the movie Donnie Darko?

In the film Donnie Darko, a jet engine lands on Donnie's room in the beginning of the movie. I thought that it was the engine of the plane in which his mother and sister were travelling, which gets ...
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A possible Donnie Darko reference to 2002

Donnie Darko the film features a recurring scene consisting of fast-cut composition of various overlaying elements atop a large pupil. One of these elements appears to be a stack trace/core dump for ...
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What is the significance of the scene where Karen and Monnitoff briefly talked about Donnie Darko?

This is about the scene in Donnie Darko where Karen (English teacher) and Monnitoff (Science teacher) have this conversation: Monnitoff: Donnie Darko. Karen: I know. Both of them laugh ...
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Who is the fat guy and what is his importance?

In Donnie Darko, during a failed attempt of a kiss, one fat guy is shown. The same fat guy is shown again in some random scenes. Is he some character from the film which I missed or is it some cameo? ...
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Is there any symbolism behind the bunny face?

In Donnie Darko, Frank wears a scary bunny face. Why is a bunny face selected for Frank's mask? Is there any symbolism behind it? There are various moments in the film where jumping scenes are shown....
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End result for Jim Cunningham - motivational speaker

What was the end result for Jim Cunningham (the 'motivational speaker' played by Patrick Swayze) in Donnie Darko? After Donnie completes his task to revert the time-line to the original 'correct' one ...
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Punishment for bad behavior - a moped!

In Donnie Darko there is an exchange between Donnie's parents about some behavior over which they were called in to see the principal. Later, they are sitting together, eating in silence, each lost ...
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Is Frank responsible for what happened in Donnie Darko's life?

I know Donnie Darko is a very hard film to understand. But let me say what I understood in pieces: A corruption has happened in the timeline of the film, when the jet falls down from the future upon ...
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Are there any guides to the timeline of Donnie Darko?

I have the basic understanding that the entire plot to Donnie Darko revolves around time traveling. As far as the ending is conceded, you may have various interpretations of what actually happened. ...
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Why all the hate towards Cherita?

On a recent reviewing of Donnie Darko, while understanding most of what is going on, one bit always seems a bit extreme for me, the blatant hate of Cherita Chen by a lot of the schoolchildren. While ...
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What does the word “Cellar Door” represent in the movie “Donnie Darko”?

I've watched Donnie Darko many times, yet I always feel like I'm missing something important when Drew Barrymore's character brings up "Cellar Door". Karen Pommeroy: This famous linguist once said ...
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What is the point of the masturbation scene in Donnie Darko?

While reading this question What was Frank? it reminded me of one scene in Donnie Darko that I especially don't get how it ties into the story or why it's even there. He is under hypnosis with his ...
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What was Frank?

During the film Donnie Darko, Donnie occasionally talks with Frank, who we end up finding out at the end of the film is a guy that Donnie shot because he accidentally ran over his girlfriend. Is ...
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What is the significance of Dukakis in Donnie Darko?

There are some sections within the movie where Michael Dukakis comes into view. The television The argument between Eddie and Elizabeth What is the purpose of Dukakis and politics within Donnie ...
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Why is Donnie Darko set in the 80s?

The movie Donnie Darko is timed in the 80s (to be precise 1988), but the movie was released 2001. I can see no significance, to put it in the past. Yes, there was the presidential election, but that ...
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Is there any (real-world) significance to the numbers 28:06:42:12?

Early in the film, Donnie Darko wakes up after a night of sleepwalking with the numbers 28:06:42:12 written on his arm. I know that within the film the numbers refer to Frank telling Donnie: 28 ...
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Ending of Donnie Darko

I never understood the movie Donnie Darko. In order not to keep the question vague, what happens in the end?