What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

LASSE HALLSTROM

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5

USA, 1993.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by , based on his novel.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1993.  Golden Globe Awards 1993National Board of Review Awards 1993.   New York Film Critics Awards 1993

Touching family drama about the young man of the title (an excellently subdued Johnny Depp) growing up in his strange family in a strange small town. His mentally challenged younger brother (Leonardo DiCaprio) can’t stop getting into trouble, while his incredibly overweight mother () has become so reclusive as to never leave the house under any circumstances. A free-spirited young woman (Juliette Lewis) arrives and gives him a break from his mundane existence in this memorable small-town drama.

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