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directed by Jim Abrahams
USA 1990


Winona Ryder is a very good actress. Unfortunately, she has not been able to build a career that would make her a genuine star. Her talent is evident even in mis-fires like Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael, in which she plays town misfit Dinky Bossetti. Ryder had a tough time in school, where she was often the target of bullies. Perhaps this biographical detail explains why she was so real when she played troubled teenagers.

Roxy Carmichael has some clever writing, such as when Dinky tells a pig not to be a cliché after the pig tries to eat another animal’s food after he hated his own. There is also a really good scene involving Jeff Daniels’s wife leaving him. Although aimed at mainstream audiences, the script is a series of character moments rather than a “plot” story.

However, the final product doesn’t really work, in part because the premise is rather lame. A small town in Ohio is gearing up to welcome the return of a prodigal daughter, and Dinky thinks that Roxy Carmichael is her real mom. That such a smart character would delude herself in such a way strains credulity. Winona Ryder and Jeff Daniels sell their parts convincingly, but they can’t overcome the limitations imposed on them by a director and a writer who didn’t map out character arcs.

David McCoy


Theatrical Release: 12 October 1990

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DVD Review: Paramount - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to David McCoy for the Review!

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Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 96 mins

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.63 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 surround English
Subtitles Optional English
Features Release Information:
Studio: Paramount

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• no extras

DVD Release Date: 5 June 2007

Chapters 13





Though not a popular flick, Roxy Carmichael either has been kept well or received a clean up for this DVD release. The picture looks very good, with natural-looking colors and sharp details.

The only audio selection is a clean, low-key Dolby Digital 2.0 surround English track. Some lively music cues appear here and there, though this is a front-heavy and generally subdued affair.

Optional English subtitles as well as optional English closed captions support the audio.

This is one of Paramount’s catalog dumps, so there are no extras whatsoever.

 - David McCoy


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