Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael

Dir: Jim Abrahams
Star: Winona Ryder, Jeff Daniels, Laila Robins, Thomas Wilson Brown

[11] Based around a young girl's fascination with the legendary title character, who left home and made good, and her conviction that she's Roxy's daughter, this makes most sense if viewed as a part of Ryder's career. It slots in nicely between Beetlejuice and Heathers, and could be an explanation of how she changed from the doom-ridden Gothette of the former, to the relatively well-adjusted teenager at the start of the latter (which is also set in Ohio). Apart from that it's probably not really satisfying - while WR is good as ever, playing yet another teenage misfit, the other characters are neither plausible enough to be real, nor weird enough to be parodies, and the ending smacks of a tack-on. Nice soundtrack, though.


Welcome home, Winona Ryder
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