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Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 24 May 1996 (USA)
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An awkward seventh-grader struggles to cope with inattentive parents, snobbish class-mates, a smart older brother, an attractive younger sister and her own insecurities in suburban New Jersey.

Director:

Todd Solondz

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Todd Solondz
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Heather Matarazzo ... Dawn Wiener
Victoria Davis Victoria Davis ... Lolita
Christina Brucato ... Cookie
Christina Vidal ... Cynthia
Siri Howard Siri Howard ... Chrissy
Brendan Sexton III ... Brandon McCarthy (as Brendan Sexton Jr.)
Telly Pontidis Telly Pontidis ... Jed
Herbie Duarte Herbie Duarte ... Lance
Scott Coogan Scott Coogan ... Troy
Daria Kalinina ... Missy Wiener
Matthew Faber ... Mark Wiener
Josiah Trager Josiah Trager ... Kenny
Ken Leung ... Barry
Dimitri DeFresco Dimitri DeFresco ... Ralphy (as Dimitri Iervolino)
Rica Martens Rica Martens ... Mrs. Grissom
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Storyline

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.... Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Not all girls want to play with dolls.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Faggots and Retards See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,569,019

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,569,019
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Suburban Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

A group of cheerleaders ask Dawn if she's a lesbian. Heather Matarazzo, who plays Dawn, is a lesbian in real life. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Mrs Grissom accuses Dawn and Brandon of cheating, she says "Brendan" instead of Brandon. See more »

Quotes

Dawn Weiner: I don't mean to be a cunt.
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Connections

References Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Welcome to the Dollhouse
Music and Lyrics by Jill Wisoff
Sung by Daniel Rey
Produced by Joel Diamond
Courtesy of Fantasy Creature Productions (BMI)
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Truly original exploration of geek childhood
7 February 2006 | by fertilecelluloidSee all my reviews

Todd Solandz's first feature is a dead-on accurate exploration of geek childhood as seen through the bespecled lenses of the nerdy Dawn Wiener (Heather Matarazzo). Dawn's rotten school life is compounded by the fact that an older guy at school is targeting her for extracurricular rape. He hasn't quite decided if he's really going to bury the sausage in Dawn, but he's sure getting off on the anxiety he's generating. At home, Dawn must compete with her cute, feisty, outrageously indulged sister Missy (the irrepressible Daria Kalinina), a beauty pageant wanna-be if ever there was one, and a mother she has a huge disconnection issue with. Dawn's life is such a living hell the rape looks like it might be an interesting diversion. Solandz followed this up with the terrific "Happiness", an exploration of a more adult hell. Though the subject matter of "Dollhouse" is incendiary, the nihilism is sautéed in the blackest of humor and deep sympathy for the characters. A true original.


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