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Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995)

R  |   |  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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Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Not all girls want to play with dolls.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 May 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Faggots and Retards  »

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Box Office


$800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$4,771,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Film debut of Eric Mabius, who portrays Steve Rodgers. See more »


When Steve is Singing "Welcome to the Dollhouse", his lip movements do not match up with the words when the scene is up close of him about to finish the song. this is due to another actor dubbing his singing voice. See more »


Ralphie: You think you're hot shit, but you're really just cold diarrhea.
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Evening of Desire
Music and Lyrics by Bobby Steele
Performed by The Undead
Courtesy of Post Mortem Records
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Bravo Solondz!
28 March 2001 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"Welcome to the Dollhouse" is a fresh, creative, no frills pic about a junior high school girl who is the personification of "uncool". This poignant film could be dark comedy, light drama, satire or even farce depending on how its interpreted. However that may be, it shows in painful detail the assassination of the self esteem of a sweet, kind, and thoughtful girl who wants little more than to be liked. Entertaining as it may be, "...Dollhouse" is a movie with a message for everyone who has ever been 12.

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