“Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael”, a 1990 comedy/drama starring Winona Ryder, Jeff Daniels, and, Laila Robins, used to have a firm place on my list of Top 101 Movies.

movie poster for Welcome Home Home Roxy Carmichael - You Only Fall in Love for the First Time Once

Movie Poster for Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael ' "You only fall in love for the fist time once."

While the movie about the anticipated return of Roxy Carmichael to her small home town has been nudged from the Top 101 list, it’s still a very good movie.

In fact, one of my favorite lines from any movie is spoken by Jeff Daniels, whose character was the boyhood sweetheart of the now superstar Roxy Carmichael.

As Jeff Daniels’ character reflects on his past, and, Winona Rider’s character’s present, he reflects, “You only fall in love for the first time once.”

The entire movie consists of a build-up of anticipation: The successful starlet Roxy Carmichael is to be the guest of honor for activities in her small town.

All of the characters reflect on their aggrandized memories of Roxy Carmichael.

A very worthy subplot is the friendship between the loner played by Winona Ryder and the school teacher played by Laila Robins, who reaches out to help the gloomy young person.

Jeff Daniels and Winona Ryder in Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael

Jeff Daniels and Winona Ryder in Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael

The movie has a heart. I haven’t seen it for several years, so, I honestly don’t know how it has stood the test of time.

But, if nothing else, I will always remember the wisdom of, “You only fall in love for the first time once.”

That sentence strikes me as truer and truer the older I get.


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