Benny and Joon

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"A romance on the brink of reality."
  • PG
  • 1993
  • 1 hr 38 min
  • 7.1  (61,062)
  • 57

Benny and Joon is a 1993 American romantic comedy-drama directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik and starring Johnny Depp, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Aidan Quinn. The movie tells the story of Benny (Aidan Quinn) and his mentally ill sister, Joon (Mary Stuart Masterson) who live together in a small town. Benny has dedicated his life to taking care of Joon after their parents passed away. Joon is an eccentric young woman with a love for old movies and a flair for the dramatic.

Benny is a car mechanic who works long hours to provide for Joon and himself. Despite his caring demeanor, Benny often comes off as overprotective towards his sister, which leads to tension between them. As a result, he decides to hire a live-in housekeeper (CCH Pounder) to take care of Joon while he works.

Enter Sam (Johnny Depp), a free-spirited and talented street performer who captures Joon’s heart. Sam is a quirky and loveable character who brings excitement and adventure to Joon’s life. He immediately comes into conflict with Benny, who is worried that his sister might fall for someone who isn’t equipped to handle her condition.

As the story unfolds, we witness the budding romance between Joon and Sam, despite obstacles and misunderstandings. We also see the intricate relationship between Benny and Joon explored as they navigate the difficulties of Joon’s illness, her desire for independence, and her relationship with Sam.

In addition to its brilliant cast, Benny and Joon is characterized by its unique cinematography and whimsical soundtrack. The film is interspersed with visually stunning and imaginative sequences, drawing on Joon’s imagination and love for old movies. The soundtrack boasts an eclectic mix of original music, classic jazz standards, and whimsical instrumentals by composer Rachel Portman.

Overall, Benny and Joon is a heartwarming and quirky portrayal of love and family, showcasing the importance of acceptance and understanding in relationships. It’s a unique and charming film that’s guaranteed to make you laugh, cry, and fall in love with its characters.

Benny and Joon is a 1993 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 38 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.1 and a MetaScore of 57.

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