Todd Solondz's WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE follows the painful daily trials of Dawn "Wienerdog" Wiener (Heather Matarazzo), an awkward, nerdy 12-year-old. The middle child between her geeky older brother, Mark (Matthew Faber), and her sickeningly sweet little sister, Missy (Daria Kalinina), Dawn has a rough time with her family and everything else, including school and boys. She's obsessed with Mark's hunky bandmate, Steve (Eric Mabius), but the only guy who pays her any attention is the local thug, Brandon (Brendan Sexton III), who constantly threatens her with rape.
With startling accuracy and humor, Solondz captures the hell known as junior high in his blow-by-blow account of Dawn's difficult life. One of the darkest and funniest tales of adolescence ever filmed, DOLLHOUSE serves as a grateful reminder that puberty strikes only once.
Melissa Toth - Costume Designer, TAKE THE LEAD (2006)
Daria Kalinina - Actress
Todd Solondz - Director/Screenwriter
Christina Vidal - Child Actress
Heather Matarazzo - Actress, WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE
Jill Wisoff - Actress/Composer; FEAR, ANXIETY, AND DEPRESSION (1989)
Eric Mabius - Actor
Brendan Sexton III - Actor
Matthew Faber - Actor
- Format: DVD
- Run Time: 88
- Color Format: Color
- UPC: 043396825697
- Genre: Comedy
- Rating: R (MPAA)
- Release Date: October 2012
The horrors of junior high are vividly recreated in this darkly comic tale of a painfully unhip seventh grade girl whose classmates' merciless taunting is only compounded by her dreary, middle-child home life. A hilarious, bittersweet black comedy from Todd Solondz, director of HAPPINESS, an equally bleak tale of the underbelly of grown-up American suburbia.
WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE was screened at the 1995 Toronto Film Festival. Shot on location in West Caldwell, New Jersey. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival. The film won the CICAE (International Confederation of Art Cinemas) Jury prize at the 46th Berlin International Film Festival. One of Solondz's previous short films, HOW I BECAME A LEADING ARTISTIC FIGURE IN NEW YORK CITY'S EAST VILLAGE CULTURAL LANDSCAPE, was aired on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE.
"...Funny and uncannily well written..." - 04/01/1996 Premiere, p.29
"...Solondz throws himself on the land mine of puberty with blunt honesty and bracing wit..." - 06/13/1996 Rolling Stone, p.60
"...Accessible dark comedy....DOLLHOUSE is a near-perfect morsel..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars - 05/24/1996 USA Today, p.4D
"...Wonderfully-funny-shading-into-brutal....Keen portraits..." -- Rating: A- - 06/07/1996 Entertainment Weekly, p.45
"...A stark, often funny and always poignant comedy....Solondz challenges in a tough, straightforward manner some of the most prevalent family values in our culture..." - 09/18/1995 Variety
"...A winning, confidently handled, seriocomic coming of age tale..." - 03/01/1996 Film Comment, p.51-3
"...Mordantly hilarious....A brilliantly malevolent treat..." - 05/24/1996 New York Times, p.C14
"...Highly original....Both funny and poignant..." - 01/29/1996 Los Angeles Times, p.F1
"...It's a funny, intensely entertaining film....[Solondz] shows the kind of unrelenting attention to detail that is the key to satire..." - 06/14/1996 Chicago Sun-Times, p.32
"It's Solondz's acute observations that impress most: his rounded characters ring painfully true..." - 12/01/2005 Sight and Sound, p.92