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Welcome To The Dollhouse [1995] [DVD]

Heather Matarazzo , Brendan Sexton III , Todd Solondz    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Heather Matarazzo, Brendan Sexton III, Eric Mabius, Matthew Faber
  • Directors: Todd Solondz
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Sep 2005
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A0GLFI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,983 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Dorky Dawn Wiener, New Jersey seventh-grader, couldn't get a break if you sent it 'Fed Ex'. Sometimes hated, often reviled, seldom understood, Dawn tries in vain to put on a happy face as she struggles through what looks to be a long puberty. Her geeky brother is a computer nerd, her pampered little sister is a ballerina wannabe, her only friend a runty neighbour the other kids call 'faggot'; and she's got a paralysing crush on the high school heart-throb who sings in a stunningly awful rock band, 'The Quadratics'. But Dawn does find moments of grace amidst her daily tribulations and soon begins to wonder if life might not be better outside New Jersey... Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE is the painfully funny and sharply observed breakthrough film from the acclaimed director Todd Solondz.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A painfully honest film you will never forget 8 Oct 2003
By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:VHS Tape
Bold, unabashedly honest, psychologically riveting, and painfully mesmerizing are just a few of the words and expressions that come to mind when I think about this uniquely extraordinary film. First shown at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival, Welcome to the Dollhouse walked away with the grand jury prize, and it is easy to see why. Writer/director/producer Todd Solondz brought a unique vision of the sharpest kind to this film, cutting right through the fluff of the typical "geek makes good" nonsense and forcing his artistic scalpel forcefully down into the nethermost regions of the adolescent heart. The story is so unsettling and painfully uncomfortable that some parents hesitated or refused to let their children participate in the filming. It's just an amazing, unforgettable movie.
Eleven-year-old Heather Matarrazzo gives one of the most remarkable performances I've ever seen from an actress of such tender age. Her eyes and bodily expressions encapsulate and transmit the hurt and misery writhing inside her every moment, leaving the viewer helpless to do anything but watch with increasingly unrestrained unease. Born with the unfortunate name of Dawn Weiner, the poor girl is ridiculed, ignored, teased, insulted, and basically mentally terrorized every day at school. Chants of "Weiner Dog" follow her throughout the hallways, her locker is marked with awful graffiti, and even her teachers and administrators are less than kind to her. Then, after school, she has to come home to parents who dote on her smart older brother and "little miss perfect" younger sister. Dawn has only one friend, a younger neighbor boy who seems to be following in her ignominiously alienated footsteps.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I JUST WANNA BE POPULAR 11 Nov 2005
Format:DVD
The story focusses on nerdy Dawn 'Weinerdog' Weiner. She's a seventh grader on a mission to gain some popularity at school. But it seems all her efforts are wasted when she's constantly ridiculed by pupils, teachers and even her own family, who always side with her pretty little sister Missy.
The result is an hilarious yet seriously realistic look at the dispair of pre-teen life. Heather Matarazzo also does an excellent job in portraying the dim-witted Miss Weiner, especially as she had no prior experience in the acting field. At times it's obvious we're witnissing an untrained actress, but she adds a certain tragedy to the character. The desperation and the shamelessness she delivers in the 'Grade Grubbing' scene has me in stitches every time.
I'd recommend this film if you're into dark humoured films such as 'Heathers', 'Drop Dead Gorgeous' or 'freeway'.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars classic American indie 28 Nov 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This is the excellent debut from filmmaker Todd Solondz, a cynical yet comic tale which follows the midadventures of middle school outcast Dawn Weiner in her monotonous suburban life. The acting is superb, especially from newcomer Heather Matarazzo as Dawn and Brendan Sexton as Brandon, the "bad boy" misfit and unlikely love interest. The film was praised at the 1996 Sundance Festival and rightfully so. One disclaimer: though the movie centers around teenagers, the movie will most likely appeal to adults - and even so, only to those who have a disposition for dark humor and anti-Hollywood endings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Painful Pleasure 4 July 2010
By Ernie TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This poignant little film combines dark comedy, drama and satire to tell the story of 'Dawn Wiener', an seventh grade schoolgirl who is the embodiment of 'uncool'. Disliked by her classmates for being different and sidelined by her family, the film shows in painful detail the eroding self esteem of a sweet, kind, and thoughtful girl who wants little more in life than to be liked.
Writer-director Todd Solondz really manages to show what a segregated society school life is, and how reputation and looks are seen as far more important than what is inside. If you want to see a film where the unpopular nerdy girl has a makeover, gets the guy, and becomes the prom queen, then this isn't a film for you. But if you want a film with real characters and a touching story then I can't recommend this enough.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Darkly humourous portrayal of a middle child 22 Oct 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This film is one of my favourite films that I have watched. Dawn Weiner is the classic child in the middle with her older brother who her parents adore due his intelligence and her younger sister who parent also adore due to her being all sweet and cute. But for Dawn, her parents just see her as a nuisance and they wish they never had her. She's not all that bright, popular or cute. She falls in love with the person who bullies her the most who also has a sercret crush on her. This disturbing tale of preferential treatmeant and alienation will make you feel sorry for her while make you laugh at the same time. Heather Matarazzo gives an excellent performance as Dawn as does the rest of the cast.This movie is one of a kind and you must see it as it will affect your life.
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