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Welcome To The Dollhouse
Alternative Character Interpretation: Dawn. She's either a straight up woobie, a Jerkass Woobie or even a Sympathetic Sue suffering from a lot of Deus Angst Machina. It helps that the film suffers a lot from Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy.
Designated Hero: If Dawn made more of an effort to actually improve her life, this would be a different film entirely.
Hilarious in Hindsight: Throughout the film Dawn is taunted with being a lesbian. Years later, Heather Matarazzo (who played Dawn) came out as a lesbian.
Even better. In interviews, she points out she didn't know what "lesbo" meant, so asked someone on the set. That is when she figured out she was a lesbian.
In a dark and sick way, this movie plays out in pretty much the same way Meg Griffin's life would on the later episodes of . Family Guy Thanks a lot, Seth MacFarlane, for ripping off something other than (or The Simpsons ).
South Park Protagonist Journey To Villain/ Villain Protagonist: Dawn herself could be interpreted to be on her way to becoming a bad girl herself, depending on how you see it.
The Woobie: Dawn.
Jerkass Woobie: Again, Dawn herself. This is according to cynical interpretations and point of view.
Brandon also comes across as a jerkass woobie as the film goes on.