Benny and Joon Movie Review Summary

Actors: Johnny Depp, Mary Stuart Masterson, Aiden Quinn

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Sam can barely read or write, but is a savant in the cinematic area, so much so, he doesn't just imitate Buster Keaton, he miraculously becomes Keaton. The photography is stunning, capturing the perfect town, the perfect park and even a perfect hospital. An added bonus is the sublime soundtrack featuring the Proclaimers “I'm Gonna Be (5,000 Miles),” Sam's beguiling song.
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Before Sam ambled into their lives, Benny was an over-worked, over-protective brother who gave his entire life to hovering over his disturbed younger sister. Joon precariously threads her way between “somewhat strange” and outright nuts. She is smothered, but not strong enough to struggle through the cobwebs. Sam is the catalyst for both of them. He falls in love with Joon and implacably, but innocently sets her free. Sam has a certain ferocious clarity in his view of the world that allows Joon to follow.

The review of this Movie prepared by sweetmolly

Johnny Depp (Sleepy Hollow), Mary Stuart Masterson (Bed of Roses) and Adian Quinn (Practical Magic) star in this wonderfully unique and delightfully offbeat romantic comedy. Joon (Masterson) is a little unbalanced. Sometimes, without warning, her sweet nature gives way to odd behavior-including a penchant for setting fires! She lives with her older brother Benny (Quinn), who has spent his life taking care of her since their parents died. One night, while playing a poker game with unusual stakes, Joon loses her hand...and wins Sam (Depp), a whimsical misfit who soon charms his way into Joon's heart. Now if they can only find the perfect mate for her overprotective brother...
With charm, humor and an outstanding supporting cast that includes Oliver Platt (A Time to Kill) and Julianne Moore (Hannibal), Benny & Joon is the perfect movie for everyone.
The review of this Movie prepared by Jessica W

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Family, caring for sick?    -   Yes Who is sick?    -   Sister because he/she is    -   mentally ill Family, loving    -   Yes Special relationship with    -   sister Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Brain/Body not working?    -   mental illness

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   engineer    -   unemployed Age:    -   20's-30's Has magical powers?    -   Yes Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   sex under blankets Any profanity?    -   None    -   Occasional swearing If this is a kid's movie...    -   Ages 10-15

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