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Dear Wendy (2005)

Jamie Bell , Alison Pill , Thomas Vinterberg  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, Chris Owen, Bill Pullman, Michael Angarano
  • Directors: Thomas Vinterberg
  • Writers: Lars von Trier
  • Producers: Bettina Brokemper, Birgitte Hald, Bo Ehrhardt, Gillian Berrie, Juliane Thevissen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Fox Lorber
  • DVD Release Date: March 21, 2006
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BQ5J2C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,334 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dear Wendy" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Documentary Short: "Letters to Dear Wendy"
  • Interview with Thomas Vinterberg and Lars von Trier
  • Commentary with Thomas Vinterberg and DP Anthony Dod Mantle
  • Additional Commentary Track: "Letters to Dear Wendy"
  • 5 Deleted Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer

Editorial Reviews

Directed by Thomas Vinterberg (The Celebration) and written by Lars von Trier (Dogville), Dear Wendy is an audacious and stylish exploration of guns and violence in America. When a young loner named Dick (Jamie Bell) discovers a vintage handgun, he finds himself strangely drawn to it in spite of his pacifist views. Soon he forms a secret club with other misfits in his town who collect and revere antique guns and refer to themselves as "The Dandies." But despite their firm belief in the most important Dandy rule of all - "never draw your weapons" - they eventually discover that some rules are meant to be broken.

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fight for peace - with guns August 8, 2006
I think DEAR WENDY requires different point of views and offers several interpretations. I guess we all share some kinda fascination for fire arms. It doesn't mean we disklike the existence of fire arms and their destructive power. Lars von Trier loves guns, he's a fire arm fanatic (I was told) and it becomes a bit obvious when you watch the interview on the DVD. So the film is a bit like a personal investigation, examining the fascination for fire arms in context to naturally disliking the use of it.

When compared to Moore's quasi-Documentation BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE you could say that it's not the fear that drives people to have fire arms but rather lack of self-confidence. The weapon literally becomes your friend and as with a good friend it's easier to walk along strangers and look them in their eyes. That's the result for the hero in this film. Only to carry the gun unseen by the others serves enough to make him able to walk straight and not feel like a complete loser. An experience that he begins to share with a friend. When they sorta think they have the proof that this simple thing actually works, they don't want to keep it to themselves as it would be "a shame not to share it with others". So next thing they do is builing a little group of so-called "Dandies" who worship their guns by the restriction not to use it and show it elsewhere but in their hideout.

It's very confusing later on, as I didn't quiet "get" what the thing about Sebastian was. He's black, and his grandmother used to serve in the hero's house years ago. As soon as Sebastian is part of the show, his grandmother is as well, triggering a really unpredictable plot point that, as a consequence, seems to force the dandies to break the roules and awaken their guns. Is there a message behind this?
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I was so excited to get caught up with "Dear Wendy," a film by two major filmmakers who I have enjoyed in the past. Bringing together writer Lars von Trier and director Thomas Vinterberg to tell a parable about a serious topic like guns sounded like a great idea. Vinterberg directed one of my all time favorite tales of family dysfunction, The Celebration, while von Trier is responsible for two films that I regard as absolutely brilliant (although they are loathed by many)--Dogville and Dancer in the Dark. Dear Wendy, at first glance, would seem to have much in common with von Trier's other works--particularly Dogville. That film eschewed conventional storytelling devices and employed a theatricality, an artificialness, to achieve a higher and profound result. Written in the same style, however, Dear Wendy lacks the dramatic heft and simply comes across as theatrical and artificial.

Dear Wendy is penned as a fable and an indictment of America's obsession with firearms. Wendy, in this case, is a pistol that is beloved by the main protagonist played by Jamie Bell. I have admired Bell in his challenging film choices and I can see why this film appealed to his sensibilities as an actor. Ultimately, though, the awkward script provides little chance for any of the actors to connect with the material in a relevant or believable way. The film is narrated in a love letter written by Bell to his gun and is one of the most stilted and pretentious voice-overs you're likely to encounter. Now, I realize this story is not meant to be believable--it's a parable. While I admire filmmakers with a unique vision willing to work against expectations, Dear Wendy ends up being so preposterous and so heavy handed that I lost all good will I might otherwise have had for this bizarre picture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Odd but wonderful September 13, 2011
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Quirky, weird and with a odd westernish feel this is not the normal teen movie. It is weird and has this strange detached feel to it but as far as a work of art goes, I couldnt be happier with it. For a movie with action, drama or romance go elsewhere. It is more art and entertainment and is essentially a look through a european spy glass into the american obsession with guns and maybe even the american spirit at large.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A "Must See" for All Jamie Bell Fans. May 17, 2014
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As the third movie made by Jamie Bell it exemplifies his early attraction to playing quirky characters. Of course one of his biggest concerns, even at the early age of 15, was not falling into the trap of "child actors". He wanted to insure that he carefully chose future roles that would help him transition into a still relevant adult actor.

I became a fan of Bell's back in 2003 when I first saw "Billy Elliot" and was mesmerized by his spunky, confident personality and oddly ordinary, "working class" look. I followed his career avidly from that point on. Is it his best work? No, but it's a part of his body of work that show his progression from a child into an adult actor.

If you like Jamie Bell's work you may want to get this one. It's very inexpensive so give it a shot. Otherwise you may not be so interested in it as the story is odd, his character quirky and the ending is not of your typical Hollywood "feel good" sort.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Pretentious October 28, 2013
If one possible interpretation is complex allegory of WWII, the script does a lousy job of identifying Germany. If it was an indictment of America's obsession with handguns, it had the opposite effect upon me. It proves each of these teens should have been target practicing or hunting with their dads years earlier to learn respect and awe for guns. This would have innoculated them against the silly and foolish romanticism of guns they build up between each other. What they needed was supervision and discipline far more than any new gun laws. I see no evidence this filmmaker intended for anyone to walk away even more pro-gun, so I consider his script a failure.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars An Unconventional Parable About America's Gun Obsession Is A Complete...
I was so excited to get caught up with "Dear Wendy," a film by two major filmmakers who I have enjoyed in the past. Read more
Published on September 4, 2012 by K. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Dear Wendy-- a hit
Dear Wendy is a very interesting movie with good acting and a plot that has you fixed on the screen. The acting is authentic and believable. Read more
Published on January 25, 2012 by Andrea Sapp
3.0 out of 5 stars "Because once awoken nothing could stop them from following their true...
Jamie Bell stars in "Dear Wendy" an intriguing treatise on America's fascination with guns that was written by Lars Von Trier and directed by Thomas Vinterberg. Read more
Published on November 2, 2009 by Westley
5.0 out of 5 stars Not ur run of the mill movie.
If u like indie pix with a unique point of view u will love this movie.
Published on June 22, 2009 by Courtney Evans
1.0 out of 5 stars Sick and evil
In general I do not write reviews of bad films but this one is so sick and evil I feel I need to warn people about it. Read more
Published on December 11, 2007 by Mr. Ian George Fraser
3.0 out of 5 stars Unique film
It's an strange movie. Wendy is a small gun. The main character Dick brought it for a birthday gift for a peer but decides to keep it. Read more
Published on August 13, 2006 by Wendy Schroeder
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice
This is a good film about guns and the STRONG drawing power they have for a punch of teens who are self proclaimed pacifist. Read more
Published on March 21, 2006 by Don Talon
2.0 out of 5 stars A Fable About Guns in America: Off Target (If Not Far Off) with Lars...
Though Thomas Vinterberg says in his interview with one Japanese paper that the film is "not solely aimed at America," "Dear Wendy" would evoke various responses from the audiences... Read more
Published on February 3, 2006 by Tsuyoshi
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