Welcome to the Dollhouse

1995 R 1h 28m DVD

Welcome to the Dollhouse

1995 R 1h 28m DVD
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The horrors of junior high are vividly re-created in this darkly comic tale of the painfully awkward Dawn Wiener (Heather Matarazzo), a middle child who must cope with a dreary home life -- and with classmates who mercilessly taunt her. Writer-director Todd Solondz's unflinching look at the nightmare of early adolescence took away prizes at both the Sundance Film Festival and the Independent Spirit Awards.
Heather Matarazzo, Matthew Faber, Brendan Sexton III, Eric Mbius, Victoria Davis, Christina Vidal, Siri Howard, Telly Pontidis, Herbie Duarte, Scott Coogan
Todd Solondz
Widescreen 1.85:1, Full Screen 1.33:1
French, English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this is a dark comedy that deals with a tween's alienation from her classmates and family, and deals explicitly with her resulting feelings of rage. There are many references to sex between teens and tweens, a child abduction, and threats of rape. The plot is so off-beat that most younger teens would find it too weird to hold their interest anyway. This is a bleak film about childhood that will be most appreciated by adults.

Sexual Content

References to teen sex, rape, and child abuse.


Implied and sexual in nature.


Both adult and child characters use strong language throughout.

Social Behavior

One of the themes of the movie is the idea that people who are supposed to be role models frequently are not.


A reference or two, but not overwhelming.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Teen drug use is referred to and discussed in terms of consequences.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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