Benny & Joon (1993)

JEREMIAH S. CHECHIK

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB

USA, 1993.  , Roth-Arnold Productions.  Story by , , Screenplay by Barry Berman.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

A mentally challenged woman (Mary Stuart Masterson) is an emotional burden on her kindly brother (Aidan Quinn) until a mysterious Buster Keaton-loving stranger (Johnny Depp) enters her life and perks her up. The performances are excellent, especially a sympathetic Masterson, but this narrow view of the small-town world of handicapped Americans is flat and uninvolving. Also stars Julianne Moore and Oliver Platt.

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Actor-Musical/Comedy (Johnny Depp)

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