Benny & Joon (1993)
Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 32
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 8
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Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 5
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Average Rating: 3.6/5
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Johnny Depp was nominated for a Golden Globe for his astonishing performance in Benny & Joon, though the entire cast is equally impressive. Benny (Aidan Quinn) runs a small car repair shop. He must also take care of his mentally ill sister Juniper, better known as Joon (Mary Stuart Masterson). After losing a bet, Benny is forced to bring another eccentric into his house: Sam (Johnny Depp), the cousin of a friend. Not inclined to conversation, Sam expresses himself by performing Charlie Chaplin
Jan 1, 1993 Limited
Jan 9, 2001
MGM Home Entertainment
Mary Stuart Masterso...
Juniper "Joon" Pearl
William H. Macy
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As the outsider who courts the mentally ill Mary Stuart Masterson, Johnny Depp renders a startling performance that elevates the romantic fable way above its writing and directing shortcomings; look for the young Julianne Moore in a small part.
It's acted out in the secondary emotional register of the glass menagerie: whimsical, delicate, idiosyncratic, barmy.
Mr. Depp may look nothing like Buster Keaton, but there are times when he genuinely seems to become the Great Stone Face, bringing Keaton's mannerisms sweetly and magically to life.
The cast is defeated by a cloying Barry Berman script that Jeremiah Chechik directs with the same flair for the obvious he brought to National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.
The movie suggests that love and magic can overcome madness, and for at least the length of the film I was prepared to accept that. Much of the credit for that goes to Depp...
Any film that features Johnny Depp performing salutes to the great silent comedians (and, in particular, Buster Keaton) deserves a little slack... [Blu-ray]
If the performances were as cute and sweet as the characters, the film would need a warning label. But Depp's Sam is delicately touching, a maladjusted waif with both soul and grit, and Masterson resists the temptation to soften Joon.
Things are kept on the right side of mawkish thanks largely to a graceful and understated performance from the ever-reliable Depp.
Johnny Depp gives another head-turning performance in this sweet, sweet comedy
Great early Depp performance and Masterson is equally terrific
One of my favorite romances. Quirky and magical.
The stars make it palatable, but it's too much contrived cuteness.
Johnny Depp is superb, but the rest of the movie doesn't hold water.
Depp's portrayal of a Buster Keaton-ish type character is mesmerizing.
Stellar performances highlight a tale of goofball affection.
Awful as it sounds, the movie actually achieves a few poignant moments once it stops straining for eccentric charm.
Audience Reviews for Benny & Joon
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- Juniper "Joon" Pearl: Some cultures are defined by their relationship to cheese...
- Sam: I'm Sam.
- Benny Pearl: So I hear. I'm Benny.
- Sam: With an 'n'?
- Benny Pearl: Yea two of 'em. This is Joon.
- Sam: With an 'n'?
- Juniper "Joon" Pearl: One. You're out of your tree.
- Sam: It's not my tree.
- Sam: How sick is she?
- Benny Pearl: She's plenty sick. Now listen to me, I've been doin' some thinkin'...
- Sam: Because, you know, it seems to me that, I mean, except for being a little mentally ill, she's pretty normal.
- Sam: You don't like raisins?
- Juniper "Joon" Pearl: Not really.
- Sam: Why?
- Juniper "Joon" Pearl: They used to be fat and juicy and now they're twisted. They had their lives stolen. Well, they taste sweet, but really they're just humiliated grapes. I can't say I am a big supporter of the raisin council.
- Sam: Did you see those, those raisins on TV? The ones that sing and dance and stuff?
- Juniper "Joon" Pearl: They scare me
- Sam: Yeah me too
- Juniper "Joon" Pearl: It's sick. The commercial people they make them sing and dance so people will eat them.
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