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Welcome To The Dollhouse [VHS]

Heather Matarazzo , Christina Brucato , Todd Solondz    Suitable for 15 years and over   VHS Tape
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Heather Matarazzo, Christina Brucato, Victoria Davis, Christina Vidal, Siri Howard
  • Directors: Todd Solondz
  • Writers: Todd Solondz
  • Producers: Dan Partland, Donna L. Bascom, Jason Kliot, Joana Vicente, Priscilla Guastavino
  • Format: VHS
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Oct 1999
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CULC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,321 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Dawn Weiner (Heather Matarazzo) is undergoing a long and painful puberty. Ostracised at school and ignored at home, she has a huge crush on Steve, who plays in her brother's band. The only boy who will talk to her, however, is her sociallly inept neighbour Brandon. Winner of the 1996 Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Festival.

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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.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A painfully honest film you will never forget 8 Oct 2003
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars classic American indie 28 Nov 2003
By A Customer
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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I JUST WANNA BE POPULAR 11 Nov 2005
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Painful Pleasure 4 July 2010
By Ernie TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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This is a difficult film to review without giving away much of the plot. Basically you'll either identify or relate to some extent with the main character [and love it] or won't [and will hate it]. From the start we see a nervous Dawn Weiner [11-year-old Heather Matarrazzo] sigh deeply as she slowly tries to find a seat in the school canteen. Instantly we are thrown head first into her world of ridicule and insult where she is daily either teased or ignored but always mentally terrorized. The "Weiner Dog" is taunted endlessly, her locker is marked with spiteful graffiti, her teacher is mean to her. Things are not much better at home where cute little sis Missy is so spoilt she always gets her way -usually at dawns expense, while brother mark is the stereotypical science nerd on whom the families future hopes seem to lay. This isn't to say that Dawn deserves all our sympathy, for she turns much of the hatred thrown at her straight back onto others around her.
We watch various events unfold in Dawns bizarre world and witness her distorted relationships with others. Who cannot watch this without feeling some sympathy as Dawn tries to do the right thing, then gets knocked back for it? It's a bit of an emotional roller-coaster and much of the plot is hinted, rather than stated or depicted. Despite covering a wide range of taboo subjects from bullying through to under age sex and child kidnapping, there is no nudity as in other films of its type [eg Pretty baby -Brook Shields, etc] yet this rather bleak and depressing movie never fails to keep the attention with its constant friction.
The ending is left reasonably open and hints at some light at the end of the dark tunnel of High School.
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