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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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Victoria Davis ...
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Cynthia
Siri Howard ...
Chrissy
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Brandon McCarthy (as Brendan Sexton Jr.)
Telly Pontidis ...
Jed
Herbie Duarte ...
Lance
Scott Coogan ...
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Josiah Trager ...
Kenny
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Barry
Dimitri DeFresco ...
Ralphy (as Dimitri Iervolino)
Rica Martens ...
Mrs. Grissom
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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>

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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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Faggots and Retards  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,813,000, 19 July 1996

Gross USA:

$4,771,000
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Trivia

Film debut of Heather Matarazzo. See more »

Goofs

In the principal's PA address he says, "Good morning, students..." but the clock next to the speaker shows the time as 12:30. See more »

Quotes

Ralphie: [after Brandon leaves Dawn's backyard] Don't worry, Dawn. Brandon's just a retard.
Dawn Weiner: FAGGOT!
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Connections

Referenced in Gilmore Girls: The Reigning Lorelai (2004) See more »

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The Nutcracker Suite
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (as Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky)
Courtesy of Eclipse Music Group
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Bravo Solondz!
28 March 2001 | by 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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