We have been wanting to talk about Todd Solondz for a long time. For us, and arguably for most people, his twisted cinematic universe was introduced with Welcome to the Doll House (1995) and Happiness (1998). Understandably after watching them the audience might not want to see another film by him, or be left intrigued for more. Me and my mother fell in with the latter and gracefully watched whatever he was able to produce.

This is the first part of our in depth discussion and analysis of Solondz career and themes in his movies. We start with his latest movie Wiener-Dog (2016) which seems as good place as any to crack open his challenging mirror of our world.

Spoilers: We don’t spoil major plot points in any of the movies we discuss.


  • [00:00] – Who is Todd Solondz
  • [09:30] – Weird continuity
  • [22:45] – Solondz’s style
  • [34:45] – Wiener-Dog
  • [40:00] – The story about the plant
  • [50:00] – Aharon’s big realization in Wiener-Dog
  • [58:45] – Diarrhea
  • [1:08:00] – Sad comedies
  • [1:16:30] – Ellen Burstyn

Movies we mention

  • Welcome to the Doll House
  • Happiness
  • Storytelling
  • Palindromes
  • Life During the Wartime
  • Dark Horse
  • Wiener-Dog
  • Diary of a teenage girl