The Movie: Welcome to the Doll House (1995)
What Is It?: Todd Solondz’s Welcome to the Doll House imagines teen-life as a sometimes-cartoony nightmare of sibling jealousy, idiotic adults, sadistic classmates, and violent threats. Sounds about right. Dawn “Weiner Dog” Weiner is the target of abuse, and her life is a rough ride from start to finish (anyone who has seen Solondz’s Palindromes knows it doesn’t end happily), so Welcome to the Dollhouse is a movie that leaves a very bad taste in a lot of viewers’ mouths. The cult who love it, though, are able to find some uncomfortable solace in the film’s many moments of dark humor. After all, there is a little Weiner Dog in all of us.
Why Today?: Today is Embrace Your Geekiness Day.