Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael

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"She doesn't want much. Just a whole new life."
  • PG-13
  • 1990
  • 1 hr 35 min
  • 5.8  (5,758)
  • 44

In the movie Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael, we follow the story of a small town called Clyde, Ohio, which is in full preparation mode for the return of Roxy Carmichael, a former resident of the town who achieved great success in Hollywood as an actress. The town has been waiting for this day for years, and for some residents, Roxy's return to town is a chance to reconnect with their past and relive their glory days.

The story focuses on a 15-year-old girl named Dinky Bossetti, played by Winona Ryder, who becomes obsessed with Roxy Carmichael's impending arrival, viewing her as a kind of hero and role model for her own dreams of escaping Clyde and pursuing a creative life of her own.

While Dinky is trying to figure out how she can meet Roxy and become a part of her world, the town is buzzing with excitement about the impending arrival of their most famous resident. We see the town’s mayor, played by Jeff Daniels, working tirelessly to prepare for Roxy's arrival, hoping to use it as an opportunity to rebrand Clyde and attract new businesses and residents.

As Roxy's return date approaches, the people of Clyde become more and more frantic. News crews arrive from all over, and preparations for a parade are well underway. Meanwhile, Dinky, who is largely ignored by her parents, finds solace in a friendship with a strange and reclusive new student at her school, who helps her deal with her tumultuous home life and her growing obsession with Roxy.

With each passing day, the anticipation for Roxy's arrival grows, but when the day finally arrives, things don't go exactly as planned. Without giving away any spoilers, the film takes some unexpected turns, and we see the characters grappling with their own identities and their relationships with one another.

Throughout the movie, Ryder delivers an emotionally nuanced performance that perfectly captures the teenage angst and longing that is central to the story. Daniels is also excellent as the ambitious and slightly desperate mayor, who sees Roxy's return as his last chance to save his town from economic ruin. Laila Robins is terrific as Roxy Carmichael herself, though her character remains something of a mystery for most of the film.

Overall, Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael is an entertaining and thoughtful film that explores themes of identity, creativity, and the power of celebrity. While it may not be as well known as some of Ryder's other films from the same era, it is a worthwhile watch for anyone interested in coming-of-age stories, small-town dramas, or character-driven indie films.

Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael is a 1990 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 35 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.8 and a MetaScore of 44.

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    5.8  (5,758)
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