Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995)

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Avg Rating: 4.3 / 5. Voted: 46

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Directed by: Todd Solondz
Starring: Heather Matarazzo (Dawn), Daria Kalinina (Missy), Matthew Faber (Mark), Brendan Sexton III (Brandon), Eric Mabius (Steve)
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 01:31:31
Genres: Teensploitation, Misery, Siblings-Family, Old-Young

Plot – Spoilers:
Dawn is a 12 year-old, desperate for acceptance. At school she’s regularly picked on, everyone thinks she’s fugly, her mother dotes on her pretty little sister Missy and her brother and Dad barely acknowledge her existence. Though everyone (apart from a boy whom other kids call a faggot) are uniformly uninterested in her, it’s Missy whom Dawn considers direct competition and loathes from her gut.

Dawn is pathetic and obedient at school, while a rebel at home – on the one hand, she stubbornly fights the urge to give in to her mother’s demands in exchange for a piece of desert. And on the other hand, she meekly accepts lead bully Brandon’s orders to come on time for a rape session. It’s this dichotomy in Dawn, coupled with her resentment towards Missy that makes Welcome to the Dollhouse a tragicomic masterpiece.

Favorite Scene:
Dawn awkwardly enjoying her crush Steve performing the title track.

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Bull
Bull
March 16, 2020 8:56 pm

Shit movie. Waste my time

sav
sav
Reply to  Bull
December 20, 2020 10:10 pm

go cry about it

Alice
Alice
Reply to  Bull
March 20, 2021 6:14 pm

5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐….I like this movie so much. It’s unusual.

clocky14
clocky14
Reply to  Alice
May 27, 2021 7:36 pm

me too… i dont know why im obssessed with this movie.. ive watched it like 3 times

lenetra
lenetra
Reply to  Bull
May 27, 2021 9:56 pm

you watched on your own

lenetra
lenetra
Reply to  Bull
November 3, 2021 9:09 pm

then go watch something else you big baby

RedArmageddon
RedArmageddon
June 29, 2020 2:19 pm

This is great, but kinda of dull.
Our main protagonist, Dawn, is kinda of a pituful/lamentable dork (but I still have sympathy for her). Everyone else is wretched : her family is aloof/distant at best, detestable at worst (talking about her mom and Missy), her friend is ,,,, meh, not memorable and her relation w/ Brandon is weird.
Also, the pace is slow at time.
Thought, I really like the”I/We love you, Dawn” scene near the end.
It’s not a movie I’ll recommend, but if you like “Happiness” (1998), give it a shot !!
>:^]

Aurelia
Aurelia
Reply to  RedArmageddon
August 31, 2021 12:24 pm

this is what Tedd Solondz’s movies are about – bleak everyday characters that are meant to test your empathy 😉

Bad movies
Bad movies
September 4, 2020 4:25 pm

I have had a crush on the woman who played dawn since I was 12. I remember watching this on vhs and getting my first real boner haha

Johannes Johansen
Johannes Johansen
Reply to  Bad movies
September 29, 2020 6:34 pm

Lmfao she’s butt ugly ..

Zed Man
Zed Man
Reply to  Bad movies
September 18, 2021 11:02 am

She also starred in ”Hostel 2” and ended up tied up and suspended above a bathtub and being cut open so her blood flowed onto a woman below, a scene reminiscent from the film ”Bathory”, also on this site.

Antinatalpist
Antinatalpist
September 4, 2020 9:23 pm

I prefer his later works.. (from Palindromes on)

erik
erik
April 28, 2021 4:31 am

Fun Fact: this film was originally slated to be called ‘Faggots & Retards’, but was ultimately scrapped due to lack of marketability!

clocky14
clocky14
May 27, 2021 7:37 pm

why is this movie so addicting to watch… i mean its depressing af but its one of my favourites…

liquidpyramid
liquidpyramid
Reply to  clocky14
May 29, 2021 10:29 am

because its relatable

Ricky
Ricky
August 4, 2021 10:24 pm

Dawn is brilliant and very relatebale. Such a wholesome movie at times but boy does it get dark too. Great pick, eum

tonyelmono
tonyelmono
August 13, 2021 8:18 am

Kind of an interesting change of pace. I appreciate EUM putting variety on this site. A little something for everyone.

clean whore
clean whore
September 9, 2021 12:12 am

when i grew up i was treated like Dawn. everyone shit on me and in me. i grew up to be a drug addicted whore. i roam around, town to town type stuff. i make good money and i buy good drugs. the world still shits on me and in me. at least now i get paid for it.

Zed Man
Zed Man
Reply to  clean whore
September 9, 2021 1:06 am

I feel sorry for you, I hope life gives you a break. Best Wishes to you, your story is so sad.

Reddie
Reddie
November 24, 2021 7:31 am

If she finally snapped and went on a killing spree I wouldn’t be mad at it ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ SOMETHING’S gotta give.

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