An awkward seventh-grader struggles to cope with inattentive parents, snobbish class-mates, a smart older brother, an attractive younger sister and her own insecurities in suburban New Jersey.

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Todd Solondz

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Todd Solondz
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Heather Matarazzo ... Dawn Wiener
Victoria Davis Victoria Davis ... Lolita
Christina Brucato ... Cookie
Christina Vidal ... Cynthia
Siri Howard Siri Howard ... Chrissy
Brendan Sexton III ... Brandon McCarthy (as Brendan Sexton Jr.)
Telly Pontidis Telly Pontidis ... Jed
Herbie Duarte Herbie Duarte ... Lance
Scott Coogan Scott Coogan ... Troy
Daria Kalinina ... Missy Wiener
Matthew Faber ... Mark Wiener
Josiah Trager Josiah Trager ... Kenny
Ken Leung ... Barry
Dimitri DeFresco Dimitri DeFresco ... Ralphy (as Dimitri Iervolino)
Rica Martens Rica Martens ... Mrs. Grissom
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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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Trivia

Film debut of Heather Matarazzo. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Dawn Weiner: I was fighting back.
Mrs. Weiner: Who told you to fight back?
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Referenced in The Oprah Winfrey Show: Summer Movie Reviews (1996) See more »

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Waltz in A flat, Opus 69, No. 1.
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Performed by Eugeniya Betman
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One of the best indies; Long live Wiener Dog!
23 April 2003 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE (1996) **** Heather Matarazzo, Brian Sexton Jr., Eric Mabius, Matthew Faber, Daria Kalinina, Angela Pietropinto. Easily one of the best independent films ever produced. Matarazzo is brilliant perfection as 11 year old Dawn Wiener - Wiener Dog - who is trying desperately to survive the 7th grade NJ suburban hell with her existence as a gawky, nerdy yet smarter- than-the-rest protagonist facing every conceivable roadblock to hurdle including a dimwitted hunky high schooler and a seemingly threatening classmate (Sexton who is also great) who can't decide if he wants to "rape" her. Heartbreaking and all too close to the bone perfectly realized depiction of how judgemental we all are and just how harrowing adolescence really is. Dare not to be angered when her self-indulgent mother takes away her cake at the dinner table while the rest of the monstrous family greedily eat their desserts. Black comedy satire and documentarian genres blending seamlessly to a genuine masterpiece of poignancy sharply observant parable of anomie and angst by writer and director Todd Solondz (who won the Best Picture prize at Sundance). Wickedly funny and dead on accurate.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

24 May 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Faggots and Retards See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,569,019

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,569,019
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Suburban Pictures See more »
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Dolby

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1.85 : 1
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