From Paramount Pictures
Original Theatrical Release Date: October 12th, 1990
DVD Release: Yes
This week I'm feeling Winona Ryder. Not literally, darn it, but definitely feeling like a prime Winona Movie, and I landed on Roxy Carmichael. I mean, I didn't actually land on her, well, you know what I mean. Sorry about that. Anyway, Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael is a Movie I first caught in it's initial theatrical release in 1990 and I quite liked it. I come back to it from time to time.
Winona Ryder was quite busy back during this time, she had 3 Films released in 1990 alone (the other two being Mermaids and Edward Scissorhands - both very different and wonderful) - But her turn as Dinky Bossetti in Roxy Carmichael would mark as one of the last times she would play an angst-y teenager. And boy, she sure plays it for all it's worth! Your eyes are glued to the screen anytime she's on, and thankfully she's the lead. Roxy Carmichael is also somewhat of an ensemble Film. There are other fine actors in the cast, but really, anytime those subplots show up, you might find yourself waiting for Dinky to appear. Winona is magic.
I know the word quirky is overused, but there is genuine quirkiness in the air throughout this Film. A poignancy finds it's way in as well. The Movie, Directed by Jim Abrahams of all people (he's best known for Airplane!, Hot Shots and the Police Squad Movies), he here does a good job at balancing the Comedy and Drama. I am still bothered all these years that the actual Roxy Carmichael is never quite fully seen. It's a bit of a tease, but forgivable. I just prefer titles to deliver on their promise. A minor quibble, of course. Especially since it's here so integral to the plot.
I love a good coming-of-age Film and Roxy Carmichael fits the bill nicely. It's not perfect, but it does make me smile. I need a little of that in these lame winter months. Why not take the misfit Dinky Bossetti for a spin in your shiny DVD/Blu-ray/Computer/Gaming System/Whatever.
We miss you, Winona!
Dinky likes ice cream. I like ice cream.
Dinky paints her room black. I think it looks very chic.
Dinky watches her friend at school sleep. This could be construed as creepy, but she's cute, so all is forgiven.