Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael

 (334)5.91 h 35 min1990PG-13
A small town prepares for the homecoming of superstar Roxy Carmichael, as does a young outsider, who believes Roxy is her mother.
Jim Abrahams
Winona RyderJeff DanielsLaila Robins
English [CC]
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Thomas Wilson BrownJoan McMurtrey
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4.6 out of 5 stars

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Butterflymom54Reviewed in the United States on August 20, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Weird premise, not intertaining!
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What I liked was seeing Wynona Rider play the part of a misunderstood child who is disrespected and bullied and knowing maybe that will wake some people up to how bad that looks. The way she maintains self-control and loves those animals is so sweet. There are parts of her life and personality that I identify with and some I do not. Life and people can be really hard on others who do not fit into the expectations of those around them. I agree with a lot of the other reviewers that this is a movie more about Dinky than Roxy and her experiences with other people in a town obsessed with a former person who once lived there who is now famous. I liked that the Guidance Counselor tried to help her. Today she would have probably been accused of being a Pedophile. What I did not like was the cursing, nudity, harassment, and seeing a marriage fall apart and two little ones suffering in the midst of it. This may be a realistic portrayal of life but as the movie progressed I almost felt the Producer wanted the viewer to think this was funny. Not so for me. I also do not get other viewers who are okay with their children viewing inappropriate scenes which should be for adults. Heck I am an adult and I do not want to see nude scenes, two couples having sex, even if they are married. The two women who had obviously been together sexually the night before was sickening. As the scenes went on and on, to me this movie just got more and more perverted. I felt so sorry for this child. These scenes represent to me, all that is wrong in this world or much of it. I could not finish. For people like me who read the reviews to decide if I want to take the time to watch, I am writing this honest review. We all have our own ideas of what is acceptable and entertaining to us. We need to respect that when writing a review and I am trying. I just know this is not for me. I would rather spend time watching happier movies.
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Brittany GarciaReviewed in the United States on October 31, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Realistic and Great Story
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This movie follows Dinky, a girl who has grown up in a town obsessed with a barely famous woman that happened to grow up there. Dinky knows that she was adopted and believes that Roxy is her birth mother. She is ridiculed and bullied not only by her classmates but by some teachers also. She has not been the daughter that her adoptive mother would have wanted so even she turns her back on Dinky. It's not surprising that Dinky finds similarities between herself and Roxy and turns those minor similarities into "proof" that Roxy is her mother.

The secondary story line follows Denton, a married, father of two who can't let go of the past. Roxy was his first love and they even had a child together before Roxy left the city to get famous. He puts his marriage in jeopardy due to his fixation.

In the end both of these scenarios could have been avoided if the town was able to move past Roxy's fame and be normal! Without the town throwing Roxy parties and tributes every two seconds Denton could have moved on from his past and realized he was happy in his marriage and Dinky would have still had issues but they would've been more manageable.

I really liked this movie. It shows the perils that can befall a marriage when one party is not wholly committed. It also shows the difficulty of growing up bullied and ostracized. The hardship that a child of adoption can go through especially if one of the adoptive parents isn't as loving and accepting as they should be.
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TBReviewed in the United States on June 24, 2021
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Sat through it because of Winona Ryder but what a dull movie. Completely unbelievable town obsession over this 'famous' woman because she was mentioned in a song? Guess that was supposed to be funny, but like the rest of the humor it was not. Also the whole thing was predictable. I knew the 'famous' woman would be a no show because after all the contrived buildup you really couldnt have her appear in the end because it would be anticlimactic. Didnt care about any of the flat, cliche characters, just was glad when it was over.
2 people found this helpful
ChromeheartReviewed in the United States on August 15, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
second rate
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I honestly do not understand the five star reviews of this one... Even if you can get past the dated production style and cringey 80s hair/fashion/two inch long acrylic nails, the plot does not suspend disbelief. Roxy Carmichael is so ridiculously famous that the whole town is throwing a party for her return, just because some pop star wrote a song about her. That's it. And after suffering through an hour and a half of hype and obsession about Roxy Carmichael and how great she is, she doesn't even show for her grand appearance at the end.

The main plot is that an antisocial teenager convinces herself that this pseudo-celebrity person is her birth mother, when there is no plausible reason at all that we should believe this. Well, that's an hour and a half I'm not getting back. Dinky (what kind of a name is that?) isn't even a sympathetic character. She's rude to everyone who tries to talk to her and treats animals better than people, then wants to know why nobody likes her.
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Always SamsungReviewed in the United States on October 9, 2008
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the BEST, A HIDDEN GEM!!!!
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I remember watching this movie when i was a little kid and it was always on HBO like everyday it seemed. A quick recap of the story is in a small town, one of its town's people/patron becomes a celebrity and in her hometown she is idolized. Word is that she is returning back to her hometown soon for a visit and the whole town is up in arms with excitement for her return. Through this mayhem and madness of her return an outsider who was adopted named Dinky played by Wynona Ryder believes that Roxy is her true mother. That's my cliff notes version of the film. This truly is a hidden gem and one of Wynona's best performances when she was around her late teens/early 20's. This truly is a human interest story and a good coming of age film as well. This movie just has a magical quality about it that can't be explained and for some odd reason i can watch this movie over and over again. I always related to this film because of the fact that Dinky is an outsider and it seems everyone in town looks at her as if she is some sort of monster. Only a few people really find out some of the great qualities that she has to offer. On another note the music soundtrack to this film is awesome and has beautiful songs from Melissa Etheridge on it. If you haven't check this out you should or at least rent it.
12 people found this helpful
David R. BosshardReviewed in the United States on October 19, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good quality... no issues
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The package arrived as expected, was well packed, and looked to be in fine shape. I've purchased from these folks before and there's never been a problem. Nice to help the good folks at Goodwill!!
A. ODELLReviewed in the United States on May 28, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
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This is a great movie filled with both comedy and drama. Dinky (Winona Ryder)is a teenage girl struggling with issues like fitting in, making friends and discovering herself. She becomes inspired (and maybe even a little obsessed) with the town's local legend, Roxy Carmichael, who became famous when a song was written and dedicated to her. Now, Roxy is coming back to the small town, and the preparations are creating new hopes while, for some, drudging up painful memories. Jeff Daniels stars as Roxy's high school boyfriend who never fully got over her. If you've never seen this movie, it is definitely worth viewing. You may be surprised :)
9 people found this helpful
PixieReviewed in the United States on September 21, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Welcome Home Dinky!
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This movie should of been called Welcome Home Dinky instead of the original title. I LOVE the character Dinky and I think that Winona Ryder did a great job acting in this movie, along with the other actors. This movie reminds me of my teenage years, which are ackward for anyone. I think there is a little Dinky in all of us at some point in life. Dinky is the true meaning of a under dog. Hurray for Dinky! I LOVE this movie! :0)
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