Dorky Dawn Weiner, New Jersey seventh-grader, couldn't get a break if you sent it FedEx. Sometimes hated, often reviled, seldom understood, Dawn tries in vain to put on a happy face as she struggles through what looks to be a long puberty. Her geeky brother is a computer nerd, her pampered little sister is a ballerina wannabe, her only friend a runty neighbour the other kids call "faggot"; and she's got a paralysing crush on the high school heart-throb who sings in a stunningly awful rock band, The Quadratics. But Dawn does find moments of grace amidst her daily tribulations and soon begins to wonder if life might not be better outside New Jersey... Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, Welcome to the Dollhouse is a painfully funny and sharply observed breakthrough film from the acclaimed director Todd Solondz.
A Painful Pleasure
- Welcome to the Dollhouse review by CP Customer
This poignant little film combines dark comedy, drama and satire to tell the story of 'Dawn Wiener', an seventh grade schoolgirl who is the embodiment of 'uncool'. Disliked by her classmates for being different and sidelined by her family, the film shows in painful detail the eroding self esteem of a sweet, kind, and thoughtful girl who wants little more in life than to be liked. Writer-director Todd Solondz really manages to show what a segregated society school life is, and how reputation and looks are seen as far more important than what is inside. If you want to see a film where the unpopular nerdy girl has a makeover, gets the guy, and becomes the prom queen, then this isn't a film for you. But if you want a film with real characters and a touching story then I can't recommend this enough.