Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael (1990)

A pleasant, heartwarming comedy-drama, this early Winona Ryder vehicle is well-written by Karen Leigh Hopkins, and has the benefit of sure-handed direction by Jim Abrahams. Treating teenage alienation with simultaneous depth and levity, the movie is a gentle little tale that has a lot to say about how people treat each other. As usual, Ryder is a charming screen presence, paired with the likable Thomas Wilson Brown, whose adolescent character shows surprising depth and thoughtfulness.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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