Benny & Joon

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Released 1993

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Director:
Jeremiah Chechik
Released:
1993
Rating:
PG
Benny (Aidan Quinn) is the overprotective caretaker of his mentally ill -- but artistically talented -- sister, Joon (Mary Stuart Masterson). When the eccentric Sam (Johnny Depp), who looks and acts like a silent-movie comedian, falls for Joon, the siblings' frail bond is put to the test. Depp's performance in this offbeat, beautifully acted love story scored a Golden Globe nomination. Julianne Moore and Oliver Platt co-star.

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  • 88

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Writers Barry Berman and Leslie McNeil and director Jeremiah Chechik tell the story with tenderness and humor. And - miracle of miracles, in this day of endless endings - when the ...

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Benny and Joon is a film that approaches its subjects so gingerly it almost seems afraid to touch them. The story wants to be about love, but is also about madness, and somehow it ...

  • 75

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Jay Scott

    Some viewers will decide that Benny & Joon strays too far from the brink; they will find its sentimentality cloying. Other viewers will applaud the classic silent film humour and w...

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Comedy, Drama

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Romantic Comedy, Love & Romance