Roxy Carmichael is a charming little comedy


October 22, 1990|By Lou Cedrone

Sometimes, a good little film gets lost in the shuffle. ''Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael'' is one such film. It is certainly not an exceptional movie. It doesn't tie up as neatly as it should, but it does have charm and a very soft sense of comedy.

Wynona Ryder stars as Dinky Bossetti, a 15-year-old girl who begins to believe that she is the daughter of a local girl who left town to make it as a celebrity.

Dinky, a misfit, is mistreated by all her school mates, but she finds all the company she needs in her animals, dogs, pigs, goats. Trying to help her adjust, or at least fight back, are a guidance counselor and the man who had loved Roxy before she left town.

He, too, has his delusions about the woman, and if his problems are not settled that satisfyingly, Dinky's are.

The humor in the film is the very sly sort. Roxy is returning home to dedicate the Roxy Carmichael Center for Cosmetology and Drama. Meanwhile, her home has become a tourist attraction. Included among the Roxy memorabilia is a sewing machine on which the star sewed her ''first Spandex shorts.'' The home is also loaded with the kind of candy bars Roxy liked.

You never see Roxy. You only see what her legacy has done to the people she left behind.

''Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael'' will probably be forgotten by this time next week, but you could do a lot worse. The film, directed by Jim Abrahams (''Big Business''), is showing at local theaters. Jeff Daniels, Laila Robins and Dinah Manoff make worthy contribution in supporting roles.

''Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael'' - (2 STARS) - A teen-ager, a misfit, is convinced she is the daughter of the girl who left town to become a superstar. CAST: Wynona Ryder, Jeff Daniels, Laila Robins, Dinah Manoff DIRECTOR: Jim Abrahams RATING: PG-13 language, sex) RUNNING TIME: 100 minutes

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