• Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995)

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Release Date: May 24th, 1996

DVD Release Date: August 3rd, 1999

R|1 hr 27 min

Plot Summary
Middle-school student Dawn Weiner (Heather Matarazzo) faces degradation at school -- where she is teased constantly -- and at home. The middle child between nerdy older brother Mark (Matthew Faber) and perky younger sister Missy (Daria Kalinina), Dawn can't seem to find a place to belong. Although she has a crush on a cute boy (Eric Mabius) whom her brother knows, she can only catch the attention of bully Brandon (Brendan Sexton Jr.), who threatens her to show affection.

Cast: Heather Matarazzo, Daria Kalinina, Matthew Faber, Angela Pietropinto, Bill Buell, Brendan Sexton III, Eric Mabius, Rica Martens

Director: Todd Solondz

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Sony Pictures Classics, Columbia TriStar

Ratings & Reviews

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  • But I'm making Welcome to the Dollhouse sound like some sort of grim sociological study, and in fact it's a funny, intensely entertaining film. show more

  • Hilarious and stunningly frank, writer-director Todd Solondz's evocation of awkward adolescence is a bracing antidote to the counterfeit nostalgia of "The Wonder Years" or "My So-Called Life". show more

  • Todd Solondz's grand prize winner at this year's Sundance Film Festival lapses into satire, but its parodistic slant only exaggerates what is truthful, making the unpleasantness of that awkward age all the more disturbing and hilarious. It's a horror film starring reality in the monster role. show more

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