The tragicomic trials and tribulations of an awkward middle child named Dawn Wiener as she navigates her way through the hell of middle school, her first crush, and her bizarre family. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.
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This movie reminds me a lot of my own middle school years minus the attempted rape by a mook peer. But there were drug dealers, ass holes, cute older girls, and lots of teasing. And to be honest, I would have done to my brother what Dawn did to Missy if I could.
Poor Dawn, her life really does suck!! I most definitely felt for her through the movie. It reminded me my horrible days in middle school... So glad not to be in school anymore! This is probably one of my favorite movies of all times and maybe the only movie by Solondz that I would consider brilliant!
Solondz's trademark acid critique of American glorification of national values so ingrained now in the collective phyche this time through this coming-of-age bittersweet comedy(?). The sweet outsider Dawn looks through the magnifying glass into American society. The cult of unemotional individualism and the bullying against everyone who does not conform to the narrow accepted stereotypes are again common topics here.