Whatever happened to Winona Ryder? When you look at a film like this, her talent is so extremely obvious that you wonder how Hollywood could have let her fall through the cracks. This is a very simple film, but that's its appeal: it doesn't try to be clever. It takes its story of a teenager who's not just an outcast in her school but in her entire town and runs with it.
Although the film's title is "Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael", it's really about Dinky Bossetti, the aforementioned outcast. And it's not difficult to sympathise with Dinky: her adoptive mother wants a "perfect little girl", her classmates think she's a waste of space and the adults around her are petty and narrow-minded. But although Dinky is understandably guarded and averse to making an effort, Winona doesn't allow her character to be a typical bitter, jaded teen. "We just don't fit," she says of her adoptive mother. "It happens." The whole film revolves around Winona's performance, although Jeff Daniels makes a nice appearance as the confused suburban builder who may or may not be Dinky's biological father.
Once you've seen the film, you'll know all the answers, but you keep coming back because of the truth in Winona's performance and how, in its surreal way, this film really nails the small-town mentality.
I'm giving it four out of five because the rest of the package is so poor. A trailer and that's it.