Benny & Joon (1993) - Comedy, Drama, Romance

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A mentally ill young woman finds her love in an eccentric man who models himself after Buster Keaton.

IMDB: 7.2
Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik
Stars: Johnny Depp, Mary Stuart Masterson
Length: 98 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 16 out of 167 found boring (9.58%)

One-line Reviews (51)

All three characters are marvelously portrayed, and the plot, though somewhat predictable and cheesy, ends in such a hilarious and sweet note that it makes the whole movie experience delightful.

June is a bit slow and lives with her older brother who helps take care of her.

Overall it's a bit daffy but it still manages to be sweet and quite enjoyable.

Depp inserts a pervasive element of zany, unpredictable humour, an aspect that he has come to play recurrently in recent times.

But the movie itself will be dismissed as pointless by most guys - including myself.

After a tiresome amount of housekeepers refuse to deal with her, because she's more then a handful, someone comes along and may be the perfect fix to her problem.

It's a little slow in places, and it's a shame some of the supporting cast aren't given more to do, but it's certainly a curious film worth watching.

Even though it's cheesy and predictable, this is just a charming romantic comedy.

That in itself made this movie compelling and worth watching.

Warm, engrossing film about real people .

He is then taken on as a housekeeper by Benny who warns him about Joons unpredictable behaviour.

I would say this film was pretty much a cliché.

The movie ultimately though belongs to Johnny Depp whose performance as the eccentric yet endearing Sam is simply breathtaking.

I have seen this movie countless times and each time is enjoyable as the first.

A secondary theme is a playout of the common concept that to be creative, you have to be quirky (Joon and Sam), while being logical (Benny, the caretaker and mechanic) carries with it the mandate that you also be dull, unimaginative.

Undoubtedly, this is one of those movies that will probably be perceived in one of three ways; as a completely silly, utterly unrealistic piece of garbage; as a rare artistic gem; as a movie whose only impact was confusion.

But beyond the story is Johnny Depp's magnificently entertaining performance of tender touches, wonderful facial expressions and brilliant Buster Keaton-like skits that put this movie into the category of one you want to own.

But it is really worth watching, as the story is beautiful and heartwarming; the music is lovely; Mary Stuart Masterson's, Johnny Depp's and Aidan Quinn's acting is brilliant; there are scenes that are unforgettable; sad, funny, extraordinary and touching moments; and this film makes you love mentally ill people.

When I first heard of the plot line, I thought it sounded a little boring, almost like one of those after school specials, when they teach you about the hardships of being mentally ill, or the fortune that may come to you if you are kind.

I think this movie is definitely worth watching, its funny, romantic, sweet and actually has some depth unlike some typical romantic movies.

INto their lives breezes a full-on eccentric(Johnny Depp,by now fully on his way to the type of intense and remarkable performances he's now known for)named Sam who has been perfecting his reenacting of Buster Keaton routines to the point that it defines his persona.

It's a bit odd and contains a large bucket from the fairytale trough, but better than a lot of other movies that have attempted to be wholesome, romantic and entertaining.

Benny & Joon is a relief for anybody tired of overtly sexual and predictable romances where all the attraction is in the physical aspects of the relationship.

Quinn and Moore seemed bland compared to Depp and Masterson.

This is a wonderful movie with a wonderful story, well worth watching for that alone.

While the handling of Sam and Joon's budding relationship may seem trite, and the humor applied to Joon's illness might seem cruel, in my experience the people who make those judgments know little about living day to day with a mentally ill - not to be confused with unintelligent - human being.

It may seem a little lethargic at first, but will grow into a touching, memorable and thoroughly enjoyable film.

Apparently chided for its poor portrayals of mental illness {tellingly tho, Joon's illness is not identified} Benny & Joon just about survives the pit fall traps because of its engaging cast.

But even without the tremendous significance of this thematic message, the movie is extremely clever and subtly entertaining.

Everything just seemed to fit together for this film, and if i break is needed from intensity or anxiety, I highly recommend it!

Benny leads a mundane life much of which is spent looking after his mentally ill sister Joon.

June is a bit slow and lives with her older brother who helps take care of her.

June is a bit slow and lives with her older brother who helps take care of her.

Benny & Joon Is Compelling And Worth-Watching .

It is a sweet, funny entertaining movie.

A perfect, almost stereotypical example of a "chick flick", this film would be a great movie for a second or third date - a chance for a guy to show how sensitive he is, while inside being bored out of his mind unless he's finding plot holes big enough to drive a truck through.

brilliant .. well worth the watch!!.. 5 stars .

But overall, the film didn't give any insight on new ideas and just focused on a standard topic of "forbidden love", and was pretty much predictable all the way till the end just like all Hollywood films.

It's partly down to their talents as writers that Sam is such a real and engaging character.

Johnny Depp plays Sam, based off of Buster Keaten, he pulls in great physical comedy and made this movie magical and enjoyable, believe me, Benny & Joon is a fun story that any one could fall in love with.

adorable artsy fartsy love story .

Very well-done and worth watching.

) He does a stunning performance!!

Frankly, I didn't care for the rest of the lead characters, those played by Aiden Quinn (too blasphemous) and Mary Stuart Masterson (nice at first, but then pouts all the time which gets tiresome).

At the heart of 'Benny & Joon' is the story of Joon, a mentally ill young woman, and her older brother Benny, who takes constant care of her and, while complaining about how much that complicates his life, actually uses the obligation as an excuse for the fact that his own life is going nowhere.

Besides him being extremely hot ;), I found his character very amusing/entertaining.

Johnny Depp's character was a great tribute to the talents of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin on a subtle level and was enjoyable to watch.

Great movie, funny entertaining, great to watch as a pick me up from daily activities.

Sweet and entertaining .

Returning to the table,Benjamin is shocked to find out that Juniper is playing an intense game of poker with a work buddy of his called Mike.

In the end, though, the fact that the movie was still such an enjoyable ride makes me wonder if we even really need to know.