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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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>

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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Did You Know?


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 »


[Looking at pictures of Steve]
Dawn Weiner: Oh, Steve, they're all so beautiful.
Steve: I'm thinking of using this one on my first album cover.
Dawn Weiner: You're gonna have a record?
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Solveig's Song
from Peer Gynt
Written by Edvard Grieg
Performed by Barbara Hendricks, soprano
The Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen
Courtesy of Sony Classical by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A strong, tough film
16 May 2000 | by (Alberta, Canada) – See all my reviews

Welcome to the Dollhouse is an excellent film. It shows, in a strictly un-opinionated manner, a young girl's experiences as one of the unpopular kids in her junior high-school. She is faced with the extreme viciousness commonly shown in schools towards the students who, for whatever reason, don't fit in. The film never attempts to go any deeper than simply displaying these occurences to us, never really analyzing them or questioning why things like that happen. It just shows what is, what we've all experienced or at least seen, and for that I think it's all the more effective.

There are also some humorous moments thrown in, which I thought were nice and somewhat alleviated the otherwise depressing mood of the film (not that I'm complaining).

Welcome to the Dollhouse is a great snapshot of human behaviour. That's the best way I can describe it.

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