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.
One of the best, most realistic coming-of-age films ever made. Brutal and uncomfortable with a much needed dose of empathy for Dawn that sets it apart from many "cutting edge" films about young people.
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.