Adolescence has rarely looked more awkward, unpleasant or emotionally painful than it does in Welcome to the Dollhouse, Todd Solondz’s 1995 black comedy about the horrors of being the least cool kid in junior high. The film’s unapologetic and unromanticized take on the casual abuse that kids heap on each other and the psychic trauma of living with it day to day have propelled the film to classic status in the years since Dollhouse’s release. “It’s kind of the ultimate feel-bad movie,” explains Watching Hour impresario Keith Garcia.
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To help awaken those traumatic middle-school memories, Garcia is asking everyone to take a page from the film, or their own awkward history, and come to the screening in their awful, unfortunate best. “We’re inviting guests of the Watching Hour to come dressed as [protagonist] Dawn Wiener in what we like to call ‘Night of a Thousand Wieners,’” he says. “Whether it’s dressing just like her or dressing like your freaky best, we’re going to celebrate everyone’s unfortunate geek.”
Welcome to the Dollhouse shows at 10 p.m. tonight and tomorrow at the Sie FilmCenter, 2510 East Colfax Avenue. Tickets are $8, or $6 for Denver Film Society members. For more info or to buy tickets, visit denverfilm.org.
Fri., May 24, 10 p.m.; Sat., May 25, 10 p.m., 2013