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This should come with a warning,
This review is from: Welcome to the Dollhouse [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Most high-school movies make school look like a paradise where the ugly girl is actually really beautiful, the sun shines every day, and all the dorks manage to fight back in the end. Unless, of course, they're the kind of dorks that you *should* laugh at. Then they probably fall over or something. Maybe if you watch enough of these kind of movies, you will start to believe that your own school days were similarly perfect. If you want to continue to believe this, don't watch "Welcome To The Dollhouse".
Dawn Wiener is the kind of girl who everyone feels sorry for when you watch her on screen, but if you were there would you really be willing to risk everything and sit next to her at lunch? Without the looks or personality to be popular, she is picked on mercilessly by students and teachers alike. Things aren't any better at home either - her parents obviously play favourites, her perfect adorable wannabe-ballerina sister Missy is loved by everyone and her older brother Mark thinks only of getting into a good college (telling Dawn that she might as well go to Disney World because it would look good on her college resume). Her only real friend and sole member of Dawn's 'Special People Club' is a boy named Ralphie, smaller than she is and nicknamed "faggot".
The movie deals with Dawn's huge crush, on the high school heart throb who is currently lead singer in her brother's band, realistically. He's fairly indifferent to her. If he notices her, he's kind to her in a distant sort of way. Most of the time he hardly sees her. Meanwhile Brandon, the boy who really does like her, bullies her to show that he doesn't.
If you don't want to get all your repressed memories stirred up again, it's probably not a good idea to see this film. If you do see it, beware. You get bitter and start writing reviews like this one.