Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 is a skateboarding-simulation video game developed by Neversoft and published by Activision. It is the second installment in the Tony Hawk's series of sports games and was first released for the PlayStation in 2000, with subsequent ports to the Microsoft Windows, Game Boy Color, Dreamcast the same year. In 2001 the game was ported to the Mac OS, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo 64, Xbox; the game was ported to Windows Mobile and Windows Phone devices in 2006 and to iOS devices in 2010. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 uses the same game engine as its predecessor while improving the graphics and the gameplay, most notably with the introduction of manuals and cash rewards; the game takes place in a three-dimensional urban environment permeated by an ambience of rock and hip-hop music. The player takes control of a variety of famous skateboarders and either performs skateboarding tricks or collects certain objects; the game offers several modes of gameplay, including a career mode in which the player must complete objectives and evolve their character's attributes with earned profits, a free-play mode in which the player may skate without any given objective, a multi-player mode that features a number of competitive games, a level editor that allows the player to create customized levels.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 was critically acclaimed upon release and remains one of the highest-rated video games of all time, as well as the highest-rated sports video game. All versions of the game were praised, including its addictive gameplay, large environments, detailed graphics and precise controls, customization features and punk/hip-hop soundtrack, with some minor criticisms directed at the lack of a first-person camera and the truncated soundtrack of the Nintendo 64 version. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 puts the player in control of a famous or fictional skater and takes place in a third-person view with a fixed camera; the player must perform tricks and complete level objectives in return for cash rewards, which can be used to unlock other levels, improve the player character's statistics and obtain better equipment. The game's universe maintains a loose grip on physics for the sake of gameplay quality; the player can move throughout the levels without constraint and fulfill the different objectives in any order desired.
In Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2, the player character is self-propelling and can have their course altered via the arrow keys or d-pad. The player character can change direction midair; the game features a vast number of skateboarding tricks. One button can be used to switch footedness between "regular" or "goofy", while another can initiate a nollie or a fakie. Passing from a nollie to a fakie in a chain of tricks increases the multiplier factor of the cash collected for that figure. Other button inputs can be used to perform slides and flips. A series of inputs can be used to perform lip tricks, it is possible to perform wall rides and transfers as well as manuals that allow several tricks to be chained together. The player must use directional input to maintain balance during a manual. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 features five modes of gameplay: Career Mode, Free Skate, Simple Session and the Level Editor; the Career Mode is played as a series of levels of increasing difficulty. Each level has ten objectives.
Some objectives are found in all levels, such as accumulating a particular score, collecting letters of the word "SKATE" scattered throughout the level or seeking and obtaining a hidden videotape. Other objectives are more varied, such as making figures at specific locations, jumping to difficult places or collecting particular objects; each completed objective is rewarded with cash, which can be used to improve skater statistics and obtain new equipment and playable characters. A select few levels take place in a competition in which the player must perform for judges and accumulate the highest score within three one-minute rounds; the jury bases its score on the variety and quality of the performed tricks. To complete these levels, the player must both accumulate a score high enough to win a gold medal and collect all the cash scattered within the level; the mode includes a series of small bonuses given for transfers and slides made across particular environmental elements. A list of these bonuses, referred to as "gaps", are compiled in a checklist, viewable from the game's option menu.
Other single-player modes include the Simple Session, in which the player can accumulate a high score within two minutes using any previously-obtained levels and characters, the Free Skate, in which there is no time limit imposed. The Multiplayer mode consists of five types of games: "Graffiti", "Trick Attack", "Tag", "HORSE" and "Free Skate". In "Graffiti", players must accumulate the highest score by changing level elements into their own color via the use of tricks. If a player performs a higher-scoring trick on an element, marked, the element will change to that player's color. "Trick Attack" is a mode in which players must accumulate the highest score by chaining tricks together. "Tag" is an interpretation of the traditional game of tag that gives each player a timer, which only counts down when they've been touch
Randal Joseph "Joey" Cape is an American singer and producer. Active since 1989, Cape is best known as the frontman of the California punk rock band Lagwagon. Cape released Bridge, on October 21, 2008 on Suburban Home Records, his second album Doesn't Play Well with Others, was self-released in February 2011, after he released each song on the album each month of 2010, collecting them all on CD and vinyl in the end of 2010. In addition to his work with Lagwagon, he was the lead vocalist for the experimental band Bad Astronaut until they disbanded due to death of drummer Derrick Plourde and is a guitarist in the cover band Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. Moreover, Joey Cape released two split albums with Tony Sly of No Use for a Name, featuring acoustic versions of Lagwagon and No Use For a Name songs. Both Cape and Sly contributed one unreleased/new song to the split. Cape's was titled, a song written for his daughter of the same name, he has contributed a song called'Minus' for the album Protect: A Benefit for the National Association to Protect Children.
In 1996, Cape created a record label called My Records that released its debut album, Nerf Herder's self-titled album. My Records is no longer in operation. From 1999 to 2000, Cape spent the hiatus of Lagwagon working on two side projects: Bad Astronaut and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes; this slowed down Cape's work on Lagwagon until 2002. Cape, with Lagwagon released Blaze in 2003 and Resolve in 2005, the latter being a tribute to Lagwagon / Bad Astronaut drummer Derrick Plourde, who took his own life in 2005, they released an EP, I Think My Older Brother Used to Listen to Lagwagon, on August 19, 2008 on Fat Wreck Chords. In October 2014, they released Hang. Cape has produced records by The Ataris, Ridel High, Nerf Herder and his own bands Lagwagon and Bad Astronaut, he is involved in a project called Afterburner, working alongside fellow Bad Astronaut Todd Capps, as well as opening a solo Myspace page with new acoustic songs and demos. He has written songs for and played guitar with a new band of old friends called The Playing Favorites, who released their first album titled I Remember When I Was Pretty.
On October 21, 2008, Cape released his first solo acoustic record Bridge on Bad Taste Records in Europe, on Suburban Home Records in the US. In August 2009, Cape announced that he was recording material for a second solo acoustic album, titled Doesn't Play Well with Others. In November of the same year, he performed 8 shows alongside Chuck Ragan, Jim Ward, Audra Mae, Frank Turner as part of The Revival Tour. Cape's album was released throughout 2010, one track at a time, with one song being released by Cape in each month of the year, with the full album with all 12 tracks to be released in January 2011; the album was delayed a few times until it was released on June 2011, on CD and vinyl. On April 25, 2011, Cape has revealed that he is working on a new band project called Joey Cape's Bad Loud and that he recorded a full-length album with the band, to feature electric full-band renditions of acoustic songs from his two solo albums Bridge and Doesn't Play Well with Others; the band's debut self-titled album was released on June 2011, on BandCamp.
He is the founder of One Week Records. A One Week Record is ten songs; the records are produced in his home studio. The artist is invited to his house to eat, drink and record music for one week. Given the limited schedule, there is no time to overproduce. 2008 – Bridge 2011 – Doesn't Play Well with Others 2015 – Stitch Puppy 2016 – One Week Record 2004 – Acoustic 2009 – Who Wants to Get Down? 2009 – Under the Influence, vol. 11 – "Watch Me Bleed" 2010 – Don't Wake Up The Kids!! 2010 – Tony Sly / Joey Cape Split 7" 2010 – Liverbirds 2012 – Joey Cape / Hugo Mudie & The City Streets - Split 2012 – Acoustic: Volume Two 2012 – Scorpios 2017 - Scorpios 2005 – Protect: A Benefit for the National Association to Protect Children 2008 – Mission Hall Session 2010 – The Revival Tour Collections 2009 Official website Career-spanning interview with Joey Cape on Jekyll and Hyhde, 106FM Jerusalem Joey Cape on IMDb
Agent Orange (band)
Agent Orange is an American punk rock band formed in Placentia, California in 1979. The band was one of the first to mix punk rock with surf music; the power trio's original lineup was Mike Palm on guitar and vocals, Steve Soto on bass, Scott Miller on drums. They first gained attention for their song "Bloodstains," appearing on their self-released debut 7" EP in 1980. A demo version of the song was given to Rodney Bingenheimer, a DJ at Pasadena radio station KROQ-FM, who placed it on his seminal 1980 compilation album, Rodney on the ROQ, on Posh Boy Records. With James Levesque on bass, the group recorded their debut Living In Darkness album with Brian Elliot, best known for composing Madonna’s hit "Papa Don’t Preach." The record was released by Posh Boy in November 1981 and included another, newer version of "Bloodstains". A 12" EP, Bitchin' Summer, followed in 1982 on Posh Boy. Signing to Enigma Records, the band released another 12" EP, 1983's When You Least Expect It... followed by a second album, This Is the Voice, released in 1986.
In 1988, former Social Distortion bassist Brent Liles replaced Levesque, the following year, Derek O'Brien replaced Miller on drums. In 1991, Restless Records released the Real Live Sound live album, recorded at The Roxy in Hollywood on July 21, 1990, it was the only Agent Orange recording to feature the Palm/Liles/O'Brien lineup. Sam Bolle replaced Liles in January 1992, remaining with the band until May 2003, when he left to join Dick Dale's band. A third studio album, Virtually Indestructible, was released in 1996 on the Gunka Disc label; the album featured drummer Charlie Quintana of the Plugz and of Social Distortion. Greatest & Latest – This, That-N-The Other Thing a compilation of rerecorded older material and new songs, was released in 2000 on Cleopatra Records, featured Bolle on bass and Steve Latanation on drums. Latanation as well as Dusty Watson alternately played drums through 2008. In 2006, Perry Giordano joined on bass. In 2009, the band added drummer Dave Klein, who had recorded with numerous bands including the Bomboras, Ghastly Ones and the Seeds/Sky Saxon.
Former bassist Liles died on January 18, 2007, former bassist Levesque died on October 19, 2014. Founding member and former bassist Steve Soto died on June 27, 2018; the Agent Orange tracks "Too Young To Die," "Everything Turns Grey," "A Cry For Help In A World Gone Mad" and "Bloodstains" were used in the 1987 21 Jump Street episode, "Mean Streets And Pastel Houses." "Fire in the Rain", "Bite the Hand That Feeds" and "So Strange" were used for the 1990 horror film Pale Blood, which featured live performances by the band."Everything Turns Grey" was used in the 2001 comedy film Freddy Got Fingered. "Bloodstains" used in the video games Skate 3 "Too Young to Die" was used in the pilot episode of Deadly Class Current membersMike Palm – guitar, lead vocals Perry Giordano – bass, backing vocals Dave Klein – drums, backing vocals Former membersScott Miller – drums Steve Soto – bass James Levesque – bass Brent Liles – bass Derek O'Brien – drums Scotty Lund – drums Sam Bolle – bass Charlie Quintana – drums Steve Latanation – drums Dusty Watson – drums Bruce Taylor – bass Timeline Living in Darkness This Is the Voice Virtually Indestructible Bloodstains 7" EP Bitchin' Summer 12" EP When You Least Expect It... 12" EP "Everything Turns Grey" 7" "Secret Agent Man" 7" "Eldorado" Found: The Lost 12th Song 7" "The Electric Storm" 7" "Bloodstains" 7" Real Live Sound Greatest & Latest – This, That-N-The Other Thing Sonic Snake Session Blood Stained Hitz Surfing to Some F#*ked Up S@!t "Bloodstains" on Rodney on the ROQ "Mr. Moto" on Rodney on the ROQ – Volume 2 "Everything Turns Grey" on Posh Hits Vol. 1 "Out of Limits" and "Surf Beat" on What Surf "Bloodstains" on Blood on the ROQ!
"Shakin' All Over" on Flipside Vinyl Fanzine Vol 2 "Surfbeat'85" on What Surf II "Fire in the Rain" on River's Edge "It's in Your Head" on Under Cover Original Motion Picture Soundtrack "Pipeline" on The Allnighter – Original Soundtrack "Out of Limits" on What Surf III "Bloodstains" and "Misirlou" on The Best of Rodney on the ROQ "Everything Turns Grey" and "Pipeline" on Posh Boy • The Singles Vol. One "Tiki Ti" on Attack of the New Killer Surf Guitars "On a Plain" on Smells Like Bleach – A Punk Tribute to Nirvana "Seek & Destroy" on A Punk Tribute to Metallica "Everything Turns Grey" on Freddy Got Fingered "Bloodstains" on Punk and Disorderly Agent Orange official website Agent Orange BeBAD.us videos
Hang (Lagwagon album)
Hang is the eighth studio album by American punk rock band Lagwagon, released on October 28, 2014 on Fat Wreck Chords. It is their first in 9 years, following 2005’s Resolve and their first to feature current bassist Joe Raposo, who replaced former member Jesse Buglione; the song "Drag" was released in 2011 in an acoustic version on frontman Joey Cape's solo album Doesn't Play Well with Others. In February and March 2015, the band performed at Soundwave festival in Australia. Joey Cape – vocals Chris Flippin – guitar Chris Rest – guitar Dave Raun – drums Joe Raposo – bass Hang at YouTube
Jawbreaker is an American punk rock band active from 1986 to 1996, again since 2017. The band is considered one of the influential acts of the 1990s emo movement. Lead vocalist and guitarist Blake Schwarzenbach, bassist Chris Bauermeister, drummer Adam Pfahler formed the band while students at New York University relocating to Los Angeles where they released their debut album Unfun through independent record label Shredder Records. Relocating again to San Francisco the next year, they released 1992's Bivouac through the Tupelo Recording Company and The Communion Label. Schwarzenbach's charisma and personal, frustrated lyrics helped establish him as a cult idol as he underwent surgery to remove painful, voice-threatening polyps from his throat. Jawbreaker toured with Nirvana in 1993 and released 24 Hour Revenge Therapy in 1994, attracting the attention of major labels, they signed a $1 million contract with DGC Records and released 1995's Dear You, but its polished production and smooth vocals caused significant backlash from the band's core audience.
Internal tensions led to Jawbreaker's dissolution in 1996. On April 19, 2017, the band announced their reunion. Following the breakup, the members of Jawbreaker were active in other projects including Jets to Brazil and Whysall Lane. Pfahler continued to issue previously-recorded Jawbreaker material through his Blackball Records label, public interest in the band continued due in part to nationally charting pop punk and emo acts indebted to Jawbreaker's sound. In 2004, Pfahler licensed the out-of-print Dear You from DGC's parent company Geffen Records and re-released it to a positive response, he has since issued a remastered version of Unfun, plans to remaster the rest of the band's catalog. Prior to forming Jawbreaker, Blake Schwarzenbach and Adam Pfahler were childhood friends in Santa Monica and classmates at Crossroads High School. In 1986 they decided to start a band. Seeking a bassist, they responded to a flyer posted on campus by Chris Bauermeister. "It wasn't just this Xeroxed thing", Pfahler recalled, "It was something he had drawn, like a poster.
It was all colored and it named all the right bands." The trio began practicing together at Giant Studios on Sixth Avenue, with Schwarzenbach on guitar and Pfahler on drums. "It was just us, trying to figure each other out in that hourly room for a while", recalls Schwarzenbach, "We went through a lot of incarnations before we sounded anything like the band we became. I am glad we didn't play live, because I had to go through my hardcore phase." They practiced with several singers and went through several names during this time settling on the name Rise. In the fall of 1987 Schwarzenbach and Bauermeister took time off from college and moved to Los Angeles to pursue Rise, adding Bauermeister's childhood friend Jon Liu on lead vocals; this changed, when Schwarzenbach wrote and sang "Shield Your Eyes" for the band's demo. It was the first recording on which he sang, he noted that it "kind of defined where we would go as a band". According to Liu, "That was the song; the vocal arrangements. The lyrics.
It was a perfect piece. But to my detriment, I kind of bristled against it. I was like,'This is amazing, I don't think I can do anything like this.'" The band soon changed their name to Jawbreaker and Schwarzenbach and Bauermeister decided to continue as a trio with Schwarzenbach on vocals. Bauermeister was given the task of informing Liu that he was no longer in the band, which proved awkward since the two were roommates. "I am cool with it now," reflected Liu in 2010, "It was to everybody's benefit. But at the time, there was some bitterness.""Shield Your Eyes" was the first Jawbreaker song to be released, on the 7" vinyl compilation album The World's in Shreds Volume Two on independent record label Shredder Records. This was followed by a single for the song "Busy" and the Whack & Blite 7" E. P. in 1989. In total Jawbreaker wrote 20 songs in 1988 and 1989, many of which appeared on compilations and split singles over the next two years; the band played their first show March 16, 1989 at Club 88 in Los Angeles and recorded their debut album, Unfun, in two days in Venice in January 1990.
Released through Shredder, its pop punk sound was distinguished by Schwarzenbach's lyrical and vocal intensity. In the summer of 1990 Jawbreaker embarked on the "Fuck 90" tour with Econochrist, which proved to be a grueling experience that broke up the band. "It was two months, in the summer, for a unknown band", according to Schwarzenbach. "Of that tour, we had six rad shows. There were maybe 25 utterly forgettable metal-club-in-Florida-type shows." Bauermeister stopped speaking to Pfahler and Schwarzenbach when the tour reached Canada, with several weeks still to go. By the conclusion of the tour, tensions between the members had risen to the point where they announced the band's breakup. Schwarzenbach and Bauermeister returned to New York University to finish their degrees, spoke to each other. Pfahler regretted the breakup, while Schwarzenbach and Bauermeister reconciled in New York; the trio decided to continue with Jawbreaker and relocate to San Francisco, where they had earned the acceptance of local acts Econochrist and Samiam.
In 1991 they moved into an apartment complex in the Mission District. They recorded their second album, with recording engineer Billy Anderson, it was released in 1992 through the local labels Tupelo Recording Company and The Communion Label. Pfahler has described the alb
Echo & the Bunnymen
Echo & the Bunnymen are an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1978. The original line-up consisted of vocalist Ian McCulloch, guitarist Will Sergeant and bassist Les Pattinson, supplemented by a drum machine. By 1980, Pete de Freitas joined as the band's drummer, their 1980 debut album, went into the top 20 of the UK Albums Chart. After releasing their second album, Heaven Up Here, in 1981, the band's cult status was followed by mainstream success in 1983, when they scored a UK Top 10 hit with "The Cutter", the album which the song came from, hit number 2 in the UK. Ocean Rain, continued the band's UK chart success with its lead single "The Killing Moon" entering into the top ten. After releasing a self-titled album in 1987, McCulloch left the band and was replaced by former St. Vitus Dance singer Noel Burke. In 1989, de Freitas was killed in a motorcycle accident. After working together as Electrafixion, McCulloch and Sergeant regrouped with Pattinson in 1997 and returned as Echo & the Bunnymen, before Pattinson's departure in 1998.
The band has been touring since, releasing several albums since the late 1990s, to varying degrees of success. Ian McCulloch began his career in 1977, as one third of the Crucial Three, a bedroom band which featured Julian Cope and Pete Wylie; when Wylie left, McCulloch and Cope formed the short-lived A Shallow Madness with drummer Dave Pickett and organist Paul Simpson, during which time such songs as "Read It in Books", "Robert Mitchum", "You Think It's Love" and "Spacehopper" were written by the pair. When Cope sacked McCulloch from the band, A Shallow Madness changed their name to The Teardrop Explodes, McCulloch joined forces with guitarist Will Sergeant and bass player Les Pattinson to form Echo & the Bunnymen; this early incarnation of the band featured a drum machine, assumed by many to be "Echo", though this has been denied by the band. In the 1982 book Liverpool Explodes!, Will Sergeant explained the origin of the band's name: We had this mate who kept suggesting all these names like The Daz Men or Glisserol and the Fan Extractors.
Echo and the Bunnymen was one of them. I thought. In November 1978, Echo & the Bunnymen made their debut at Liverpool's Eric's Club, appearing as the opening act for The Teardrop Explodes; the band played one song, a 20-minute version of "Monkeys", entitled "I Bagsy Yours" at the time. Echo & the Bunnymen's debut single "The Pictures on My Wall" was released on Bill Drummond & David Balfe's Zoo Records in May 1979, the B-side being the McCulloch/Cope collaboration "Read It in Books". McCulloch has subsequently denied that Cope had any involvement with the writing of this song on more than one occasion. By the time of their debut album, 1980's Crocodiles, the drum machine had been replaced by Trinidad-born Pete de Freitas; the lead single, "Rescue", climbed to UK No.62 and the album broke into the Top 20 at No. 17, following critical acclaim. Their next album, Heaven Up Here, was an bigger critical and commercial success, reaching the UK Top Ten, although a single lifted from the album, "A Promise", could only reach UK No. 49.
In June 1982, the Bunnymen achieved their first significant UK hit single with "The Back of Love". In July 1982, they performed at the first WOMAD festival; this was followed in early 1983 with their first Top 10, the more radio-friendly "The Cutter", which climbed to No. 8. The parent album, hit No. 2 in the album chart. Now established as a chart act, further hits followed with a one-off single, "Never Stop", "The Killing Moon", a preview from the new album featuring a dramatic McCulloch vocal, which became the band's second UK Top 10 single at No. 9. Following a PR campaign which proclaimed it "the greatest album made" according to McCulloch, 1984's Ocean Rain reached No. 4, today is regarded as the band's landmark album. Single extracts. In the same year, McCulloch had a minor solo hit with his cover version of "September Song". Echo & the Bunnymen toured Scandinavia in April 1985, performing cover versions of songs from Television, the Rolling Stones, Talking Heads and The Doors. Recordings from the tour emerged as the semi-bootleg On Strike.
For the band, Ocean Rain proved to be a difficult album to follow up, they could only re-emerge in 1985 with a single, "Bring on the Dancing Horses", a compilation album, Songs to Learn & Sing, which made No. 6 in the UK album chart. However, all was not well in the Bunnymen camp, Pete de Freitas left the band, their next album, the self-titled Echo & the Bunnymen, was recorded with ex–ABC drummer David Palmer, but when de Freitas returned in 1986, it was re-recorded. Released in mid-1987, the record sold well, was a small American hit, their only LP to have significant sales there. In the United States, the band's best-known songs were "The Killing Moon" and "Lips Like Sugar". "Bring on the Dancing Horses" is well known as one of the songs on the soundtrack to the John Hughes film Pretty in Pink. "The Killing Moon" was featured in the films Grosse Pointe Blank and Donnie Darko, in Series 2, Episode 5 of the E4 series Misfits. Ocean Rain's "Nocturnal Me" was used to close out Stranger Things Season 1, Episode 5.
The band contributed a cover Version of The Doors song "People Are Strange" to The Lost Boys soundtrack.'Never Stop' was used in the Alan Bennett film'History Boys'. McCulloch quit the band in 1988, leading to the uncertainty of the band's future, which
Welcome to the Dollhouse
Welcome to the Dollhouse is a 1995 American coming-of-age black comedy film written and directed by Todd Solondz. An independent film, it won the Grand Jury Prize at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival and launched the careers of Solondz and Heather Matarazzo; the story follows the unpopular middle schooler Dawn as she goes to extreme lengths trying to earn the respect of her vicious fellow students and her disinterested family. Dawn reappears in two of Solondz's other films and Wiener-Dog. Twelve-and-a-half-year-old Dawn Wiener is a shy, unpopular seventh grader living in a middle-class suburban community in New Jersey, her seventeen-year-old brother Mark is a nerdy high school student who plays clarinet in a garage band and shuns girls in order to prepare for college. Dawn's younger sister, eight-year-old Missy, is a spoiled, manipulative little girl who pesters Dawn and dances around the house in a tutu, their mother dotes on sides with her in disputes with Dawn. Their father is a meek, selfish man who sides with Dawn's mother in arguments with Dawn.
Dawn's only friend is an effeminate sixth-grade boy named Ralphy, with whom she shares a dilapidated clubhouse in her backyard. At school, Dawn is ridiculed and her locker is covered in graffiti. After her teacher unfairly keeps her after school, she is threatened with rape by a bully named Brandon McCarthy, who has trouble socializing. At home Dawn's mother punishes her for refusing to be nice to her. Dawn gets in trouble at school. Brandon's first attempt to rape Dawn after school he orders her to meet him again. After she complies, he takes her to an abandoned field, he kisses her. Mark's band is joined by Steve Rodgers, a charismatic and handsome aspiring teenage rock musician who agrees to play in the band in exchange for Mark's help in school. Dawn decides to pursue him romantically after he spends time with her though one of Steve's former girlfriends tells Dawn she has no chance of being with him. Dawn and Brandon form an innocent romance, but Brandon is arrested and expelled for suspected drug dealing.
Dawn visits his home and meets his father and mentally challenged brother who requires constant supervision. After kissing Dawn, Brandon runs away to avoid being sent to military school. After angrily rejecting Ralphy, Dawn is left with no friends; when she refuses to tear down her clubhouse to make room for her parents' 20th wedding anniversary party, her mother has Mark and Missy destroy it and gives them her share of a cake. At the party, Dawn intends to proposition Steve, but is contemptuously rebuffed. Steve plays with Missy; that evening, the family watches a videotape of the party. That night, Dawn smashes the tape and brandishes her hammer over Missy as she sleeps. A few weeks Dawn's father's car breaks down and her mother has to pick him up from work. Dawn is supposed to tell Missy to find a ride home from ballet class but chooses not to do so after arguing with her; when Missy's tutu is found in Times Square, Dawn goes to New York City to find her. After a full day searching for Missy, Dawn phones home and Mark tells her that Missy was found by police after being abducted by a pedophile neighbor who lives on their street.
Dawn returns home. Dawn's classmates ridicule her as she presents a thank you speech. After the principal tells the unruly students to be quiet, Dawn musters the emotional strength to finish her speech and makes a quick exit. Summer arrives and Dawn is relieved. Mark tells Dawn; as Dawn's parents continue mistreating and ignoring her, Dawn signs herself up to attend a summer camp in Florida. On a school trip to Walt Disney World, Dawn sits among other girls from her school and joins them in singing the school anthem. Unnoticed, her voice trails off as she sits looking out a bus window; the film was a surprise success, considering it was a low budget, independently produced film. It garnered critical praise for its nail-biting view of a pre-teen outcast, won the Grand Jury Prize for best dramatic feature at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival. Critic Roger Ebert was vocal about his love for the film, giving it four stars out of four and placing it at No. 5 on his "Best of 1996" list. The film holds a 90% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 51 reviews with an average rating of 7.9/10.
The website's critical consensus reads, "Twelve-year-old Dawn Wiener is the most put-upon adolescent in film history in Todd Solondz's bitterly hilarious black comedy Welcome to the Dollhouse." Metacritic gives the film a weighted average score of 83 out of 100, based on 19 critics, indicating "universal acclaim". Welcome to the Dollhouse on IMDb Welcome to the Dollhouse at AllMovie Welcome to the Dollhouse at Box Office Mojo Welcome to the Dollhouse at Rotten Tomatoes Welcome to the Dollhouse at Metacritic