Donnie Darko – An Interpretation

I know that this subject has probably been beaten into the ground by numerous people, blogs, etc. But for some reason I felt compelled after watching the movie again this week to write up some of my thoughts on how to interpret it. Let me preface this post by saying two things. First, I assume you have seen the movie so I am not going to write a synopsis of it, and consider this your spoiler alert.

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Too Smart

When I was very young, some time around third grade, my teacher must have seen something in me. She requested that I have an I.Q. test administered. My parents didn’t tell me what I scored at the time, but I knew it had to be pretty good because I was immediately placed in a program my school had which was called the “gifted” program.

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The jobs no one wants.

Sometimes when I go to Wendy’s, I am met at the drive through window by someone unexpected – a person of middle age. Every single time this happens, which is quite often, I wonder to myself; “How did this person wind up here?”

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Friendship

Over the years I have gained, and lost, many friends. I feel much of this might be due to my own attitude as I have been told that I can be difficult to be friends with. Part of it, though, is that I think many people do not know how to be a good friend, or what it means to be a friend to someone else.

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