“It felt right,” Nana (Ellen Burstyn)
In seven films, writer-director Todd Solondz has arguably cemented himself as the king of comedy misanthropy. Forget ‘The Office’ and ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’, his characters have virtually no one to traditionally root for, making them refreshing in a sea of the anodyne. He himself must have a fondness for his most famous co-creation, Dawn Wiener – originally played by Heather Matarazzo in WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE and mentioned as dead in PALINDROMES (is part of WIENER DOG then set in the past? Has Solondz done a FAST AND THE FURIOUS and gone for two timelines?) Do not worry, this movie stands alone. Familiarity with his earlier projects merely enhances enjoyment and appreciation.
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