Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael (1990)

On its face, it’s hard to see why Winona Ryder would have chosen this little project as her follow-up to her breakthrough with “Heathers” and “Beetlejuice”. After all, it’s a relatively uneventful comedy not to mention an undemanding role for the then-budding superstar – in retrospect however, one can see how Ryder chose to play an unglamorous, socially alienated teen (which was already becoming a speciality of her’s) over the more trivial work available for actresses her age, and respect her all the more for it. The movie itself is extraordinarily well-written by Karen Leigh Hopkins and has the benefit of sure-handed direction by Jim Abrahams, as well as a great soundtrack peppered with effective Melissa Etheridge tracks that continually highlight the movie’s themes. As usual, Ryder is a charming, communicative screen presence, and is romantically paired with the likable Thomas Wilson Brown, whose adolescent character shows surprising depth and thoughtfulness, particularly for a dated teen comedy.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

You can watch the trailer here:

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