Welcome to the Dollhouse is an independent 1995 coming-of-age comedy about a nerdy girl in middle-class New Jersey. Twelve year old Dawn Wiener (Heather Matarazzo) has the misfortune of beginning junior high wearing glasses and having only one friend, Ralphy (Dimitri Iervolino), an effeminate geek. With her older brother, Mark (Matthew Faber), already carrying the "King of the Nerds" title, Dawn soon becomes the target of school bullying with a nickname "Wienerdog" and the reputation of being a lesbian. Dawn finds no sympathy from her distracted parents, who only have interest in their youngest daughter, Missy (Daria Kalinina), a precious ballerina. Heather soon finds a bright light in her meager existence when aspiring rock star Steve Rodgers (Eric Mabius) joins her brother's band and Dawn begins a fervent if unlikely seduction of the 19-year old. Director Todd Solondz won the prestigious Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival for this dark and funny take on girlhood trauma.