- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 27 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: March 8, 1999
- Originally Released: 1996
- Label: Sony Pictures
Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada) Encoding
Packaging: Keep Case
Talent and Filmographies
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Brendan Sexton, III,
Herbie Duarte &
Ted Skillman &
Director of Photography:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"Dawn, you are not leaving this table until you tell your sister that you love her!"
- Mrs. Wiener (Angela Pietropinto) to Dawn Wiener (Heather Matarazzo)
"Do you think about girls'"--Dawn to her brother Mark
"What' Are you kidding' I want to get into a good school."
- Mark Wiener (Matthew Faber)
"High school's better than junior high. They call you names, but not as much to your face."
- Mark to Dawn
"Well, Steve is horny."--Mark
"He'd go out with anyone as long as it was a girl and willing."--Mark
"You mean have intercourse'"--Dawn
Premiere - 04/01/1996
"...Funny and uncannily well written..."
Rolling Stone - 06/13/1996
"...Solondz throws himself on the land mine of puberty with blunt honesty and bracing wit..."
USA Today - 05/24/1996
"...Accessible dark comedy....DOLLHOUSE is a near-perfect morsel..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars
Entertainment Weekly - 06/07/1996
"...Wonderfully-funny-shading-into-brutal....Keen portraits..." -- Rating: A-
Variety - 09/18/1995
"...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..."
Film Comment - 03/01/1996
"...A winning, confidently handled, seriocomic coming of age tale..."
New York Times - 05/24/1996
"...Mordantly hilarious....A brilliantly malevolent treat..."
Los Angeles Times - 01/29/1996
"...Highly original....Both funny and poignant..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 06/14/1996
"...It's a funny, intensely entertaining film....[Solondz] shows the kind of unrelenting attention to detail that is the key to satire..."
Sight and Sound - 12/01/2005
"It's Solondz's acute observations that impress most: his rounded characters ring painfully true..."
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.
Black Comedy |
Campus Life |
Character Study |
Coming Of Age |
Family Interaction |
- 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.