06
Oct
13

Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995)

DollhousePosterThere really isn’t anything to like about Dawn Wiener, the heroine (if you can call her that) of Todd Solondz’s film Welcome to the Dollhouse. She’s rude, mean, selfish and thoughtless. She’s not very smart, and if her fellow seventh graders are to be believed, not very good-looking, either.

She is, of course, the middle child. Her younger sister, Missy, is a cute-as-a-button ballerina, often to be found dancing in the Weiners’ front yard. Her older brother Mark is a bit of a computer genius, and a musician to boot. Competing with her siblings is just impossible. Dawn’s mother dotes on them while constantly blaming Dawn for everything.

Her mother might be onto something, though: Dawn seems to have no redeeming factors, and that’s precisely why we focus on her miserable middle school experience. There are only two things that makes her happy: one is spending time in her clubhouse out back, home to the “Special People’s Club,” which is really just Dawn and one other reject from her school. The other is watching her brother’s band play with the hottest guy in town, Steve Rodgers. He can sorta play guitar, but boy is he a looker! Dawn is clueless enough to think that she may have a chance with the guy…

This movie is just so excruciating to watch. Dawn can’t do anything right, and we’ve made the choice to sit down and watch her fail in virtually every aspect of life. Dawn is most certainly so despicable because people have always treated her like crap, but that still doesn’t change the fact that she is one unappealing little human. She’s trapped in a vicious cycle, and it’s made clear to us she isn’t going to escape it any time soon. Obviously, this movie isn’t going to uplift you, unless you’re an adorable ballerina. Of course, Todd Solondz doesn’t make movies to make you feel good; if that’s what you’re looking for you are completely and totally in the wrong place!

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1 Response to “Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995)”


  1. 1 ladyfaceladyface
    October 7, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Oh man, I love this movie.


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