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  • When all hope seems lost, a strange friendship (and later, romance) is forged between Dawn and one of her former bullies in an attempt to bounce back from the anguish of an unrequited love with one of her brother's hunky schoolmates

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      Title: Welcome to the Dollhouse Genre: Independent/Comdedy Director: Todd Solondz (1995) Heather Matarazzo (The Princess Diaries) stars as Dawn Wiener in her tweens, coping with the awkwardness of being a young girl turning into a young woman. An Ugly Duckling, Dawn is tormented at school by her peers who play mean pranks on her and call her harsh names. At home, Dawn is a middle child who is often forgotten amidst an older brother too busy for her time and a younger sister who steals the affection & attention of others.

      When all hope seems


      lost, a strange friendship (and later, romance) is forged between Dawn and one of her former bullies in an attempt to bounce back from the anguish of an unrequited love with one of her brother’s hunky schoolmates. At the same time, she rejects a fellow outcast who had once stood by her side, projecting onto him all of the cruelty spewed at her by their peers.

      Welcome to the Dollhouse, when screened today is a nice nostalgic trip and that is where the pleasantries end. The film literally creeps along, frame by frame.

      Considered a ...


      • Comedy, this apparent Cult-Classic is a muddled mess of inexperienced over-actors (save Matarazzo and Eric Mabius of Ugly Betty) and poor sound quality. The Good: A) Older brother Mark and younger sister Missy are pretty much the only comedic relief.

        B) Eric Mabius plays a studly musician dripping with Grunge, appropriate for the era and entertaining in comparison to some of his latest roles (The OC: Season 3. ) C) The true awkwardness of those in-between years is captured very well.

        So much so, it’s sometimes uncomfortable to watch. The Bad: A) Profanity is overused

        and just plain weird coming from such young kids who can’t even fathom what it feels like to be angry enough to use it.

        B) It’s too long and very easily could’ve been summed up in 30 minutes, as opposed to the 127 minutes of time it occupied. C) An over-used guitar riff inserted every time the main-character experiences angst.

        D) Time is not kept well in the film. There are many unexplained jumps.

        The Ugly: A) The hair. Jennifer Aniston’s hair was fabulous at this very same point in time (1995)…there’s just no reason for the hair to be so hideous in this film.



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