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Welcome to the Dollhouse (1996)

Not all girls want to play with dolls.

Original Title : Welcome to the Dollhouse
Director : Todd Solondz
Writer : Todd Solondz
Genre : Comedy
Drama
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Donna L. Bascom , Priscilla Guastavino , Jason Kliot , Dan Partland , Ted Skillman , Todd Solondz , Susan A. Stover , Joana Vicente
Music : Deborah Gibson
Jill Wisoff
Photography : Randy Drummond
Distributor : Alpha Filmes Ltda.
MPAA Rating : Rated R for language.
IMDB ID : 0114906
Official site : http://www.spe.sony.com/classics/welcome/index.html
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poster for "Welcome to the Dollhouse" by Todd Solondz (1996)
Welcome to the Dollhouse (1996) - Todd Solondz
 

Starring

Heather Matarazzo Dawn Wiener
Victoria Davis Lolita
Christina Brucato Cookie
Christina Vidal Cynthia
Siri Howard Chrissy
Brendan Sexton III Brandon McCarthy (as Brendan Sexton, Jr.
Telly Pontidis Jed
Herbie Duarte Lance
Scott Coogan Troy
Daria Kalinina Missy Wiener
Matthew Faber Mark Wiener
Josiah Trager Kenny
Ken Leung Barry
Dimitri DeFresco Ralphy (as Dimitri Iervolino
Rica Martens Mrs. Grissom
Angela Pietropinto Mrs. Wiener
Bill Buell Mr. Wiener
Eric Mabius Steve Rodgers
Stacey Moseley Mary Ellen Moriarty
Will Lyman Mr. Edwards
Elizabeth Martin Mrs. Iannone
Zsanne Pitta Ginger Friedman (as Zsanné Pitta
Richard Gould Mr. Kasdan
Beverly Hecht Steve's Girlfriend
Teddy Coluca Police Sergeant
Tommy Fager Tommy McCarthy
James O'Donoghue Mr. McCarthy
Amanda Posner Felicity (uncredited
 

Plot

Seventh-grade is no fun. Especially for Dawn Weiner when everyone at school calls you 'Dog-Face' or 'Wiener-Dog.' Not to mention if your older brother is 'King of the Nerds' and your younger sister is a cutesy ballerina who gets you in trouble but is your parents' favorite. And that's just the beginning--her life seems to be falling apart when she faces rejection from the older guy in her brother's band that she has a crush on, her parents want to tear down her 'Special People's Club' clubhouse, and her sister is abducted....
 

Comments

The Curse of a Middle Child or Welcome to Hell!, 21 January 2005 Author: Galina from Virginia, USA Just imagine for one second that you are an 11 years old girl with ugly glasses. You are a middle child (the film also known as Faggots and Retards (working title) or Middle Child) with an older brother who is a computer wiz and a little sister, a pretty ballerina. Your name is Dawn Wiener, and almost every student in your middle school hates you, tells you in your face that you are ugly, and nobody remembers your name, you are called Dog Face or Wiener Dog', and one of your classmates greets you every morning with the words, "I'll rape you today at 3 pm" . The film should be called "Welcome to Hell", and Todd Solondz is our Virgil in this Inferno. Heather Matarazzo is absolutely terrific. She was able to play both, an archetype of an insecure, unloved, misunderstood, and lost in this cruel world child as well as one very real suffering young girl from New Jersey. That's why I could not forget her Dawn, I wanted to talk her, to tell her that yes, the world is cruel, and she was dealt the mixed cards from the beginning but she could play them, there is always hope, there are books, music, and art. Hang on, I would tell her, you are not going to be an "ugly duckling" forever. You'll take off your stupid glasses, you will grow up, you'll be just fine and you will find friends - just wait. But how can one wait at 11? The time drags so slowly in childhood, and every day is descending to Hell…, One of the best films about the "happy" school years I've ever seen.9.5/10
 
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