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Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael (1990)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 12 October 1990 (USA)
A small town prepares for the homecoming of superstar Roxy Carmichael, as does a young outsider, who believes Roxy is her mother.

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Denton Webb
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Elizabeth Zaks
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Gerald Howells
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Barbara Webb
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Les Bossetti
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Rochelle Bossetti
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Beannie Billings
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Evelyn Whittacher
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Libby Ohiemacher
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Mayor Bill Klepler (as Stephen Tobolowski)
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Louise Garweski
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Ronald Reems
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Scotty Sandholtzer
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Miss Day Ashburn (as Valerie Landsberg)
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Although Roxy left town more than fifteen years ago, her memory has never faded. Her expected return starts to impact a number of lives, including that of her former partner Denton Webb. But it is Dinky, the adopted daughter of the Bossettis and ignored by most of her classmates as a strange loner, who may be most changed. She is convinced she is Roxie's secret child. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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She doesn't want much. Just a whole new life.

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$3,989,297 (USA)
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Goofs

When Evelyn shows up at Roxy's welcome home party, her ponytail is not the same color as the rest of her hair. See more »

Quotes

Dinky Bosseti: I'm sorry if I embarassed you the other day. I kind of got carried away.
Gerald Howells: You embarassed yourself.
Dinky Bosseti: I'm going to laugh at you someday, Gerald Howells.
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References Rosemary's Baby (1968) See more »

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In Roxy's Eyes (I Will Never Be The Same)
Written and Performed by Melissa Etheridge
Courtesy of Island Records, Inc.
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Winona Ryder great but the movie is lacking
17 April 2015 | by See all my reviews

15 years ago, Roxy Carmichael left town leaving behind her boyfriend and new baby. Now, she's coming home as a success story. Her former boyfriend Denton Webb (Jeff Daniels) is still not over her despite being married with kids. Dinky Bossetti (Winona Ryder) is adopted, bullied at school and a loner who keeps lots of animals at an abandoned boat. Dinky is convinced that she's the love child of Roxy and Denton. She's interested in class hunk Gerald Howells but he's reluctant to show affection for the class freak. Her only friend is the school counselor Elizabeth Zaks.

Winona Ryder is perfectly cast as this sensitive outsider teen. She is great at playing this type of character. The rest of the movie lacks humor. It tries to be a sharp black comedy but the writing isn't good enough. Director Jim Abrahams is more known for his spoof movies. He doesn't seem to have a solid hold on a sensitive serious coming-of-age movie. The tone is awkward. The attempted comedy slams into Denton's anger and his side of the story. The movie works with Ryder but struggles without her.


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