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Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  24 May 1996 (USA)
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Insightful look at an unattractive 7th grader as she struggles to cope with un-attentive parents, snobbish classmates, a smart older brother, an attractive younger sister, and her own insecurities.

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Storyline

Seventh-grade is no fun. Especially for Dawn Weiner when everyone at school calls you 'Dog-Face' or 'Wiener-Dog.' Not to mention if your older brother is 'King of the Nerds' and your younger sister is a cutesy ballerina who gets you in trouble but is your parents' favorite. And that's just the beginning--her life seems to be falling apart when she faces rejection from the older guy in her brother's band that she has a crush on, her parents want to tear down her 'Special People's Club' clubhouse, and her sister is abducted.... Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Not all girls want to play with dolls.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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24 May 1996 (USA)  »

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Faggots and Retards  »

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,813,000 (USA) (19 July 1996)

Gross:

$4,429,002 (USA) (13 September 1996)
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Trivia

Film debut of Eric Mabius, who portrays Steve Rodgers. See more »

Goofs

When Dawn is talking to Brandon in the clubhouse, she is leaning over so her bra (or perhaps a white undershirt) is showing through her sweater. In the exact same shot a few seconds later, it's covered up, even though she hasn't moved. See more »

Quotes

Dawn Weiner: [opening lines]
[walks up to Lolita]
Dawn Weiner: Can I sit here?
Lolita: If you feel like it.
[looks at Dawn eating her lunch]
Lolita: Someone barfed there fourth period.
Cookie: [walks up with cheerleaders] Hi, Dawn, sorry to bother you, but we were just wondering... Are you a lesbian?
[camera cuts to Dawn]
Cookie: Well, are you?
Dawn Weiner: No.
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Solveig's Song
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Written by Edvard Grieg
Performed by Barbara Hendricks, soprano
The Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen
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Mr. Solondz, I Love You
14 September 2005 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

Look past the seemingly disturbing dialog in this film and take a deep look into its almost perfect portrait of the American Suburbs. Mr. Solondz writes in such a bold and daring fashion that it would be hard to top him. He writes and directs perfect Dark Comedies. The kind of movie I die for. He is a Satirist and he knows just how to disturb his audiences. If you take your time and give this film the multiple viewings it deserves it all begins to make sense. This was the first Solondz movie I saw, so I wasn't expecting what I got. The second viewing made me see the down right funny parts. This is the perfect portrait of an awkward pre-teen. Its doesn't make the "freak" turn out to be some sort of hero. It's new, fresh, and funny.

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