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Dear Wendy

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Denmark, France, Germany
·
2005

1h 45m

Director Thomas Vinterberg
Starring Jamie Bell, Bill Pullman, Michael Angarano, Danso Gordon

Genre Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance

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In a blue-collar American town, a group of teens bands together to form the Dandies, a gang of gunslingers led by Dick Dandelion. Following a code of strict pacifism at odds with the fact that they all carry guns, the group eventually lets in Sebastian, the grandson of Dick's childhood nanny, Clarabelle, who fears the other gangs in the area. Dick and company try to protect Clarabelle, but events transpire that push the gang past posturing.

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25

Chicago Tribune by

It's a long slog, not because what the film says is provocative but because the technique is as slack as the writing.
30

Village Voice by Jessica Winter

Especially in the climactic, clumsily staged gunfight, the prevailing mode is wide-eyed idiocy--which might be the point, since von Trier's satirical target is the hypocrisy of (news flash!) America's eagerness to enforce stability and security with all guns blazing.
40

The A.V. Club by Keith Phipps

Its mad rush to offer shallow takes on every Big American Issue would be offensive if it weren't so misguided. It's almost cute the way Dear Wendy thinks it knows what it's talking about and then just keeps going and going long after it's stopped making sense.
50

Time by Richard Corliss

Von Trier has a tendency to go overboard in his denunciations of American violence (Dogville). By contrast, Dear Wendy is a cogent, comprehensive take on the land and the films that obsess him.
38

Chicago Sun-Times by Roger Ebert

A tedious exercise in style, intended as a meditation on guns and violence in America but more of a meditation on itself, the kind of meditation that invites the mind to stray.
50

L.A. Weekly by Scott Foundas

Starts out as an inspired test case for the continued necessity of the Second Amendment, and only near the end does it lose some of its tightly concentrated focus.

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