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Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 24 May 1996 (USA)
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An unattractive seventh grader struggles to cope with inattentive parents, snobbish classmates, a smart older brother, an attractive younger sister, and her own insecurities in suburban New Jersey.



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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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Film debut of Heather Matarazzo. See more »


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 »


Mark Weiner: All of junior high school sucks. High school's better; it's closer to college. They'll call you names, but not as much to your face.
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Referenced in The Oprah Winfrey Show: Summer Movie Reviews (1996) See more »


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Very under-appreciated
26 September 1998 | by (Richmond, Ky) – See all my reviews

This movie was great. I was shocked to see no one had posted a comment on it. A fantastic performance by Heather Matazarro. The movie is all about growing up in a world that expects you to already be an adult. Because Dawn Weiner is "ugly" she is mistreated, harassed, and ignored by everyone she comes across. I don't think I've ever seen a movie that featured a character more emotional alone. There is a scene where Dawn's mother offers Dawn's dessert to her siblings to get back at her. They take it, eagerly. Most movies like this are either black comedies or feature a character who is stoicaly non-conformist or just stoic. Dawn is neither. She bleeds, right up until the movies end, which I won't spoil but I will say that it is all the more heartbreaking for its inertia as for its action. Go find this one. You'll either love it or hate it. It's not a movie that just lets you go.

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