Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995)
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as Dawn Wiener
as Mark Wiener
as Missy Wiener
as Brandon McCarthy
as Mrs. Wiener
as Mr. Wiener
as Steve Rodgers
as Mrs. Grissom
as Mary Ellen Moriarty
as Mr. Edwards
as Mrs. Iannone
as Ginger Friedman
as Mr. Kasdan
as Steve's Girlfriend
as Police Sergeant
as Tommy McCarthy
as Mr. McCarthy
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Critic Reviews for Welcome to the Dollhouse
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
Audience Reviews for Welcome to the Dollhouse
Director Todd Solondz makes independent black comedies that will make your skin crawl and your belly heave with laughter. He easily blends the horrible nature of humanity with its own absurdity, best evidenced by this film. Heather Matarazzo plays Dawn Wiener, an unloved, bullied, tactless middle school aged girl who tries to find attention from her brother's bandmate, become popular in the eyes of her classmates, and be free of her mother's constricting gaze. What remains great about this film, even twenty years later, is its unabashed, true portrayal of what it is to be an ugly duckling in a world of swans. Every character is well represented, realistic, and unpalatable in their own way: The misunderstood bully speaks in extremes, the mother is borderline abusive in her treatment of her least favorite child, the brother can only see what's important to him and not others' feelings, and the little daughter reaps the rewards of her mother's favoritism. This is a film of extremes, but it isn't completely absurdist, and there's much to love because of that.
Not the type of middle school most people imagined it to be. Todd Solondz takes us into his interpretation of school life and the result is a provocative piece of cinema that would make some of us cry if we had to experience it ourselves.
Okay, now after watching this and Let the Right One In I look upon middle school life completely differently. I can't watch another kid's movie without thinking some terrible bullying involving knives or something is going to come soon. I have become desensitized to juvenile violence, I think.Heather Matarazzo is so impressive I don't even know what to say! I don't look upon her as a little kid but as a human with terrible conflicts going inside her. Solondz has really three-dimensionalized Dawn so that everybody can identify with her and pity her and also hate her at the same time. Everyone has a little bit of Dawn in themselves but she's so extreme you have to laugh. But you understand her too.Made me understand what black comedy truly is. Just when you think the screenplay can't get more original Solondz throws another curveball at you. The scene that sticks out most is the cake one. WHOA what a bitch mother.
Welcome to the Dollhouse Quotes
|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?|
|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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