Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995)
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Twelve-year-old Dawn Wiener (Heather Matarazzo) is perhaps the most put-upon adolescent in film history in Todd Solondz's bitterly hilarious black comedy Welcome to the Dollhouse. Dawn is bright but awkward, both physically and socially, and is appallingly unpopular among her peers, to whom she's better known as "Wienerdog." Possessing little charm or grace and perhaps the most misguided fashion sense of her generation, Dawn is not an easy girl to like and practically no one seems interested in
Sep 10, 1995 Wide
Aug 3, 1999
Sony Pictures Classics
Brendan Sexton III
Mary Ellen Moriarty
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One of the highlights of the 1995 Toronto Festival, Solondz's second film is a stark, often funny, always poignant comedy about suburban mores, centering on a misfit Jewish girl tormented by her family and classmates.
At 87 minutes, Dollhouse is a near-perfect morsel. If nothing else, it informs older folk that school principals still threaten to record bad behavior in one's 'personal record' -- only now, computers facilitate the process.
quirky and great
At its best it's like the funniest yet bleakest comic book Dan Clowes never drew.
hilariously provocative and almost too real
Still Solondz's one and only great film!
Matarazzo tem forte presença em cena, mas o filme não sai do lugar-comum.
Blisteringly honest and side-splittingly funny. Solondz's most accomplished film.
A sharp, provocative character study and a damning regional portrait, far superior in both respects to Solondz's Happiness.
Searing story of adolescent anguish, almost unbearably painful.
Solondz mercilessly destroys the sugar-coated mythology surrounding adolescence. THIS is what junior high was really like.
Powerful portrait of one young girl's valient effort to survive the cruel and tense world of adolescence.
Solondz knows his subject well, he is able to understand and convey what it is like to be brought up with self-hatred.
Audience Reviews for Welcome to the Dollhouse
- Steve Rodgers: Hey, Dawn, what's up?
- Dawn Wiener: I have to talk to you.
- Steve Rodgers: What about?
- Dawn Wiener: I was wondering if? Well, I've been thinking seriously of building... another clubhouse, and I wanted to know... Would you be interested in being my first honorary member?
- Steve Rodgers: What-What are you talking about?
- Dawn Wiener: The Special People Club.
- Steve Rodgers: "Special People"?
- Dawn Wiener: What's the matter?
- Steve Rodgers: Do you know what"special people" means?
- Dawn Wiener: What?
- Steve Rodgers: "Special people" equals retarded. Your club is for retards.
- Dawn Wiener: I was fighting back.
- Mrs. Wiener: Who told you to fight back?
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