Welcome Home, Roxy Carmicheal
plot: a misfit teen becomes obsessed with the returning local celebrity, believing her to be the mother that gave her up for adoption.
This is a 1990 film starring Winona Ryder and Jeff Daniels.
I remembered I had seen this film way back in the day when it first came out at the cinema, and didn't really remember anything from it. So, when I spotted it online, I decided to refresh my memory. Wish I hadn't.
There is nothing great about this film. It plays out like so many films from that "generation" did. You have a kid who's misunderstood, dresses in black, hates everyone around her, falls for a guy who's nice to her, and then has her heart broken. The only real novelty of this is that you never see the face of the local celebrity Roxy Carmicheal. You keep waiting for some reveal that never comes.
The only other twist, is the school guidance counselor who befriends the Ryder character. Through the whole thing you expect her to reveal that she's her real mother, but never happens.
I'm not sure if this film was trying to express the idea of how teenagers just feel so disconnected from everyone, finding solace in the idea of celebrities, or if it's a social comment on how celebrity obsessed society can be? Most likely both. In which case, it was slightly ahead of it's time.