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Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael (1990)




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A small Ohio town is turned upside down by the anticipated return of Roxy Carmichael, a hometown girl turned famous Hollywood actress. This comedy-drama focuses on the effect of this visit on angst-ridden teen Dinky Bossetti, who has become convinced that Roxy is her real mother.

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Winona Ryder
as Dinky Bossetti
Jeff Daniels
as Denton Webb
Laila Robins
as Elizabeth Zaks
Thomas Wilson Brown
as Gerald Howells
Frances Fisher
as Roshelle Bossetti
Graham Beckel
as Leo Bossetti
Dinah Manoff
as Evelyn Whittacher
Ava Fabian
as Roxy Carmichael
Joan McMurtrey
as Barbara Webb
Robby Kiger
as Beannie
Micole Mercurio
as Louise Garweski
Stephen Tobolowsky
as Bill Klepler
John Short
as Ronald Reems
Robin Thomas
as Scotty Sandholtzer
Valerie Landsburg
as Miss Day Ashburn
Rhonda Aldrich
as Charmaine
Carla Gugino
as Young Roxy
Beth Grant
as Lillian Logerfield
Heidi Swedberg
as Andrea Stein
Angela Paton
as Gloria Sikes
Mark Arnott
as Bill Crampton
Hal Havins
as Raymond Emirts
Kevin Skousen
as Gene Briskell
Nada Despotovich
as Laurie Desmond
John Moskoff
as Officer Tardo
Ron Perkins
as Will Groom
Hank Underwood
as Eddie Waters
Ray Hanis
as 1st Man at Center
Amy Moore Davis
as 2nd Girl on Bus
Jim Pirri
as Jim Reese
Joe Nesnow
as Second Man at Legion Hall
Peter Strong
as Second Fisherman
Rocky Krakoff
as First Kid Throwing Buckeyes
Carl Steven
as Second Kid Throwing Buckeyes
Louise Yaffe
as Woman on Bench
Janet Graham
as Sneeze Victim
Nancy Abrahams
as Fishing Family
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Critic Reviews for Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

There's enough material here for several movies, but none of them turns into this one.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Focuses on the adolescent struggle to define oneself and also speaks about honesty, risk, loneliness, and self-respect.

August 18, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Lukewarm film that's almost worth watching.

March 4, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

A forgettable, disposable, lame comedy.

November 14, 2002 | Rating: 1/5

Quirky, moderately successful little film

August 14, 2002 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael

Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael is a fun and charming '90s comedy. The small town of Clyde, Ohio is all abuzz about the return of Roxy Carmichael, a local girl who became rich and famous after leaving for Hollywood; meanwhile a socially outcast teenager named Dinky Bossetti comes to believe that she's Roxy's long lost daughter. Winona Ryder leads the cast and brings a lot of charm and charisma to the film. And the comedy works pretty well, delivering some good laughs. However, the film is poorly written and is full of unnecessary subplots that don't go anywhere. The directing is also weak, and has trouble keeping a consistent tone, yet Melissa Etheridge provides a strong theme song ("In Roxy's Eyes") that captures the spirit of film. It's flawed, but Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael is an entertaining comedy with a sincere message.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer


My original rating on this was 2 1/2 stars. I watched it years ago when it first came out, and can remember thinking it was a dumb movie with a stupid storyline. I was recently leant a copy of this (much to my "delight"), thought I had better at least attempt to watch it again before throwing it back like a hot potato! Surprisingly, I actually enjoyed this. I can still see where my original gripes were - Winona, as Dinky, is really uglied up here, and there's some really dumb bits and things that don't make sense - but it is actually quite a sweet little story and years on I had quite a laugh at all the mullets and floral dresses on display. This movie was released in 1990, but it screams 80's and most of the outfits are in such bad taste it made my jaw drop. I don't remember thinking anything of it back when I first watched it, so I would say this really hasn't aged well from that side. The guy, Gerald, who has a crush on Dinky (what a name! I hope it is a nickname and not her birth name. This is never clarified in the film), is the biggest dork ever seen, though you get the impression he is meant to be a hot guy. (until the ending). The story of an outsider who has pinned her hopes on meeting her real mother, and how this mysterious woman (Roxy) has shaped the lives of many of the characters here. Not a perfect movie by any means, but has a nice message under it all and definitely worth a revisit for 80's fans.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


Winona Ryder has a big collection of forgotten but first-rate movies, and this is no exception. The acting was really good, and the music on the soundtrack made it memorable. Well worth a look, and a second, and a third...

Cassandra Maples
Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

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