What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993) - Drama

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After his father's death, Gilbert has to care for his mentally-disabled brother, Arnie, and his morbidly obese mother. This situation is suddenly challenged though, when love unexpectedly walks into his life.

IMDB: 7.8
Director: Lasse Hallström
Stars: Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio
Length: 118 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 40 out of 304 found boring (13.15%)

One-line Reviews (143)

Her sadness, yet greediness at the same time made for a very intriguing character.

Boring Movie, badly thought out.


Both films are really over the top and end up crushing their life in the process, so it becomes unwatchable, even comical when it is meant to be the opposite.

Impressive, intriguing, ready to watch it again .

Having been stuck in a boring and small town,the life is hopeless for most residents and it is particularly difficult for the Grapes.

Depp chips in with a highly layered performance that clearly expresses his character's inner turmoil but it's the then-young DiCaprio who effortlessly steals the show with a tender, effective & thoroughly compelling work that will always be counted amongst his finest acts to date.

I am almost sure that no one would like to live the life of Gilbert Grape (Johnny Depp), which is so terrible and unbearable.

In his film, he had just hit a jackpot, his acting are brilliant, little orthodox but still a breathtaking one.

Losing out to such an uninspiring role did not harm his winning the 1994 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards for Most Promising Actor as well as National Board of Review 1993 Award for Best Supporting Actor.

An absolutely stunning showing.

The story here is simple and at many points extremely slow moving.

His portayal of Arnie, Gilbert's autistic brother is stunning and I can't work out why he didn't receive an Academy Award for it.

Leo Dicaprio established himself as an actor of extreme talent in my book, however, totally searching himself and then dissolving himself into Arnie Grape-it was fascinating to watch.

I think all in all the plot is a bit boring.

The characters; Arnie, Bonnie, Amy, Tucker, Betty, Ellen, etc. The story, the performances; Leonardo DiCaprio, Darlene Cates, Laura Harrington, etc. Some stunning work was done in this film, to a point where you even wonder if there is some deliberate irony in Bonnie loving Arnie so much, and not wanting him to disappear, meanwhile Arnie's favourite game is; "Where is Arnie", then to later have Bonnie, disappear on him, and them all.

Its a fast paced drama from start to finish filled with much humor and emotion.

Still, she is very entertaining to watch, especially with Depp in the scene as well.

But the stunning work here is done by Leonardo who plays the mentally disabled brother, Arnie - his work is so honest and real and heartbreaking.

They see someone going nowhere, and in a sense he already is nowhere.

An odd, enjoyable, and slightly mesmeric experience .

Gilbert's life is turned around by the unexpected introduction of Juliette Lewis's Becky.

It is amazingly compelling and deep.

This is probably one of his standout performances and is one of the highlights of this emotionally gripping family drama.

"Gilbert Grape" is a strange but excellent film, and I highly recommend it.

I highly recommend it.

One small downfall is how slow the movie begins.

There's really no plot to the movie.

In the book, Becky is a completely different character, and I felt that she was made very bland in the movie.

A good decent softly entertaining film.

He gives a genius performance at his young age of a retarded boy who is engaging and endearing to the viewer.

What I eventually got was something that was funny, exciting and emotional that I didn't know would EVER happen!

It went with the mood of the film pretty well, but like, it was kind of boring/not great.

If you get a chance to see this movie for any reason, make sure it's just to see him, otherwise, it's just a waste of time!!

Nowadays, movies are either a slightly different take on a classic movie, or a predictable story line we have all seen a hundred times.

Bottom line is, great story, great plot, but too slow for me to watch more than once...

it's boring.

The worst movie I have ever seen in my /life/ .

Gilbert is banging some other man's wife because she "settled" and married some bland insurance agent that she wasn't truly in love with (she later admits after he dies that she "misses him and she doesn't miss him").

Depp, in the titular role, leads the rest of the strong cast through an enjoyable story that evolves nicely through brilliant character development instead of action.

And it is 128 minutes of boredom.

Yet the movie is more than just an emotional drama, it also knows how to be funny and entertaining about certain things at the right times without making the movie less powerful in any way.

The movie is very slow paced and doesn't rely on action and shock to catch his viewer's attentions.

My next will be much more enjoyable.

But as a film it is very involving, gentle and engaging and it also did touch me.

It makes you fall asleep.

Peter Hedges's Screenplay is emotionally engaging & heartfelt.

A troubled guy, mentally ill guy, unspoken problem, different issues in family, happy moments, love story, some intense scenes etc. I think the title of the film is perfect.

But there are some aspects, which make the film a very boring movie.

The movie is dragged down by fairly unsavory characters although quite real.

Directed by Lasse Hallström, the film begins on a slow note and while the pace never really picks up at any given point, it does allow its characters to breathe freely & adds sizeable depth to their arcs.

this movie brought tears to my eyes because of the intense laughter and heartbreaking sadness.

This movie is a mix of a slow plot + good acting + corny lines x laughter ÷ by a little bit of romance = BORING!

Though Gilbert is flawed, viewers are drawn into the movie because can they can identify with his love of his family yet the dream of escaping and finding a more exciting life.

DiCaprio does an amazing job in this role, he's completely charming as the slow younger brother and he really deserved the Oscar for best supporting actor in a really tough year that had Tommy Lee Jones take it away for his roll in "The Fugitive".

I now know what it's like to feel trapped, bored, numb, like I'm just passing time.

The ending is unexpected, very solid and sad.

It's worth watching and it will break your heart.

After five minutes I was fascinated by the slow, gentle pace and sparse, effective dialog.

What's Eating Gilbert Grape is an odd experience, but an enjoyable, and slightly mesmeric one.

A quietly touching film with a mainly terrific cast, `What's Eating Gilbert Grape' is definitely worth watching.

The film is entertaining though on many other levels.

The film avoids feeling cliché or melodramatic and I found it to be an honest story.

It is so easy and soft, very quiet but still so intensive.

An absolutely breathtaking performance that finally got its Oscar 22 years later.

This shows me that filmmakers have lost awareness of the fact that even the smallest of plot-lines can make some of the most compelling and indelible of films.

*YAWN* Why does everyone love this film so much?

Sedative, but too irritating to make you fall asleep.

After he met a young girl who is travelling with her aunt,his boring life is slowly changing.

This film made me laugh and cry and Depp's performance was also very good as the bored Gilbert who has no joy in life except affairs with a married woman.

What's eating Gilbert Grape is a movie about a family in a small boring town.

The only problem I had was the ending, utterly predictable like most movies.

Gilber has a very boring and routine life; the only thing that breaks his everyday life is his affair with Mrs. Carver, a married woman.

It's fascinating to see DiCaprio before he became a bona fide star as it is to watch Depp at the very moment he cemented his reputation for coolness.

Depp himself felt he played the character of Gilbert in a "boring" way, and I agree.

It's funny and happy and sad and just generally awe inspiring.

If you're suffering from insomnia, it's 1am and this movie happens to be playing, then watch it.

Gilbert is bothered by a non-emotional sexual fling which ultimately has predictable results, and has difficulty dealing with a true relationship with Juliette Lewis.

Juliette Lewis has since made a career for herself playing more extreme, unusual characters but here she is so understated and fascinating to watch.

The movie ending is so unexpected and unforgettable.

This movie had me on the edge of my seat awaiting some horrible accident with one of the various dysfunctional family members, or some disgusting revelation.

Plot is very gripping.

What's Eating Gilbert Grape has 2 characters who are over-the-top lovable, surrounded by other characters who were at varying levels of intense likability, on top of a story so absorbing and enthralling.

Its a very good movie and very entertaining too.

In coming to know these characters and their predictable tomorrows, we are able to see the disabilities within the, so called, "normal" characters.

Initially, this movie would seem to be a pretty boring two hours.

Inevitable, but perhaps a shame, as it's an intriguing film in its own right.

Leo DiCaprio's performance in this movie is stunning.

) The quirky characters, the small-town setting - it all comes together to create an enjoyable film.

Slightly slow paced so watch it when you have lots of time and savour every moment of it.

The intense devotion to Arnie shown by Depp reminds us of RAIN MAN (1988), where Tom Cruise was similarly devoted to Dustin Hoffman.

It will most likely not be one of your favorite movies, but it will be a fairly enjoyable and enriching experience.

She is unattractive and uninteresting.

An unconventional and a bit boring lovestory .

I have to say that this movie is unexpected because it does not have the elements of what I usually enjoy in movies (adventure, action, dramatic romance etc.). The story is simple.

This movie is a waste of time.

A movie set in the probably most boring place on earth, Endora, somewhere deep down in Iowa.

Johnny Depp is solid and, in spite of his limited, almost monotone vocal range (compare him to Leonardo's great range), is a very compelling screen presence.

This movie has great meaning and emotion, and is truly enjoyable.

Fine acting, just dreary .

What an amazing, unbelievable and stunning performance by Leo, what a great actor!

this was one of the most powerful and emotionally gripping movies I have ever seen.

However, if you're looking for something interesting, provoking, or even entertaining choose another.

Leonardo DiCaprio lost out to Tommy Lee Jones for his part as repetitive Marshal Samuel Gerard in The Fugitive (1993) at the 1994 Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

The end of the film is also unpredictable.

He is about to reach his 18th birthday but is mentally like an unruly and unpredictable child.

My confusion is, if the movie was about a girl that came into his life and he was conflicted between helping his family and taking care of his brother or just going along with her...

It is an interesting film, worth watching if only for Di Caprio's wonderful performance.

But life is generally drab in Iowa for him until Juliette Lewis's trailer breaks down in the Grape neighborhood.

The way he approaches the character is fascinating because he doesn't have to say or do anything for us to understand how he feels.

But probably the most unfortunate thing about this story is that it becomes very formulaic.

Believe me, if not of Depp, this movie will be so much dull and boring film.

The music in the film was too repetitive and dull for my taste.

I think the actors were really good especially Leonardi Di Caprio but the story was too boring.

Good acting overall, not a bad story actually, though slightly predictable, the relationship between Gilbert and Arnie is thorough, moving and developed, and well, Leonardo Dicaprio is outstanding.

This is Gilbert Grape's story, and his recollection of what was to be just another ordinary and uneventful moment in the life of him, his family and his, almost sleepy, town.

Oh well this is a very entertaining film.

It's the "Let's Watch Paint Dry" movie.

It's hard to believe that this stunning and wonderful picture went nowhere at the box office.

I highly suggest this movie because it's enjoyable, and the characters and plot were very realistic and in depth.

However, this somewhat dull repetitiveness also serves to convey the monotony of Gilbert's life- a routine that is suddenly plunged into chaos with each unforeseen change.

A wonderful lovestory slowly develops between them until Becky even saves Gilbert from his boring life.

It was the most boring, agonizing collection of photons I have ever been forced to view.

Gilbert's life is turned around by the unexpected introduction of Juliette Lewis's Becky.

Heartfelt, poignant & amusing in equal doses, What's Eating Gilbert Grape is a wonderfully crafted, sensibly narrated & brilliantly acted coming-of-age drama that offers an intriguing glimpse into the everyday life of a dysfunctional family and is powered by stellar performances from Johnny Depp & Leonardo DiCaprio.

The dialog is pretty pointless to.

But together with some convincing actors (especially Depp, di Caprio and Cates) he makes a quiet and slow but intense movie out of the novel by Peter Hedges and succeeds in showing real human characters and not just fat or retarded subjects.

I fully admit that I appreciate slower films more than most and that this definitely qualifies as a s-l-o-w film.

As school is about to start soon, one of our curricular assessments is based on the film so I went in, expecting a very disappointing and boring movie.

Things take an unexpected turn when Becky (Juliette Lewis) arrives in town and the two form a special bond together.

The plot is unpredictable and realistic.

The film is perfectly paced and the locations are stunning.

This movie is one of which was both enjoyable and emotional.

What's Eating Gilbert Grape is an emotionally gripping family drama that works thanks to the strong performances from the cast and a fantastically well written script by Peter Hedges.

Arnie is arrested, compelling Bonnie, who has not left the house in seven years, to rush to the police station to demand his release, causing her appearance to be ridiculed by the townspeople.

But than he meets the intriguing Becky (played by Juliette Lewis).

-Uninspiring and dull-The minute I entered the town of Endora, I wanted to leave.

Gilbert endures the given facts of his dull, uneventful and nondescript life with seemingly limitless patience.

I thoroughly enjoyed it.

In the end it is a very predictable film that I've seen multiple times, just with different types of issues set in a different location.

Gilbert is bored- bored with Endora, bored with his family and bored with his tasks, his role in the family routine.

She hated "Apocalypse Now" and fell asleep during "FrankenHooker.

The film's plot is slightly repetitive.