Dear Wendy (2005)



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The contradictions of America's simultaneous love and fear of violence go under the microscope in this drama from Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg. Dick (Jamie Bell) is a timid young man growing up in a mining town where he's been deemed to frail to work with the other men. Dick is given a toy gun by a girl who works in a dime store, and he becomes fascinated with the weapon -- especially when it becomes clear that the gun isn't a toy after all. Dick and a handful of other local misfits who … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Lars von Trier
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On DVD: Mar 21, 2006
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as Dick Dandelion

as Krugsby

as Sebastian

as Susan

as Huey

as Clarabelle

as Dick's Dad

as Young Policeman

as Mr. Saloman

as Costumer Thomas
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Critic Reviews for Dear Wendy

All Critics (73) | Top Critics (21)

We get it, Lars. Actually, we got it some time ago. Guns are bad things. They kill people and Americans are obsessed with them. Can we move on now?

Full Review… | February 24, 2006
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

If Jamie Bell can't rescue a movie, it's probably not salvageable.

Full Review… | January 6, 2006
Seattle Times
Top Critic

The scenario's practically straitjacketed in commentary. Von Trier's weak story doesn't help.

Full Review… | October 6, 2005
Washington Post
Top Critic

Like the Dandies, Vinterberg and Von Trier are fascinated by something they despise, and despise it even more for fascinating them. And in the end, like the Dandies, Vinterberg and Von Trier still don't know the first thing about it.

Full Review… | September 27, 2005
Newark Star-Ledger
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The audience is clearly expected to enjoy the bloodbath even while it disapproves.

Full Review… | September 24, 2005
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Sadly, the real Thomas Vinterberg appears to be standing up. But for what exactly?

Full Review… | November 19, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

Audience Reviews for Dear Wendy

I was expecting a little more. I can't say that I was disappointed, but I thought that there could have been more to the plot. Some of the special effects work well with the movie, and play into its slightly dangerous charms. Something that's worth a look, I just wouldn't consider this an idie classic.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


Jamie Bell, Michael Angarano, Allison Pill, Bill Pullman, Chris Owen, Mark Webber, Danso Gordon, Novella Nelson

DIRECTED BY: Thomas Vinterberg

When a young loner named Dick discovers a handgun, he finds himself strangely drawn to it despite his pacifist views. Soon he forms a secret club with other misfits in his town who collect and revere antique guns and call themselves the Dandies. But despite their firm belief in the most important Dandy rule of all - "never draw your weapons" - they eventually discover that some rules are meant to be broken.

One of the oddest but yet amusing movies I have seen. It all seems very silly. But it's also so different from any film I have ever seen. I felt like I was watching a Western. Especially in watching the ending. The only thing missing was some tumble weeds blowing by. Most of the acting was good. Love Jamie Bell. Thought Michael Angarano was quite funny and quirky. I loved that they used The Zombies as their soundtrack. Great stuff. This movie is interesting and one of a kind. Should be seen.


Super Reviewer


This is not the film I was expecting from Vinterberg and Von Trier but it is as good as I'd hoped! It's visually stunning in places and very cool. Some of the cast let it down but on the whole this is a great film!

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

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