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.
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.
It's interesting how someone's future is already quite predictable from the very early years and how one's life, somehow, is partially the result of the way one is being treated. Every kind of attitude be it a bad or a good one, just like energy, is never to vanish, but be reflected in different forms. And to blame the kids for bullying is yet the biggest mistake one can make, because kids are simply what they see.