Benny and Joon

Benny and Joon

4.8 47
Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik, Johnny Depp, Mary Stuart Masterson, Aidan Quinn

Cast: Jeremiah S. Chechik, Johnny Depp, Mary Stuart Masterson, Aidan Quinn

     
 

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Johnny Depp was nominated for a Golden Globe for his astonishing performance in Benny & Joon, though the entire cast is equally impressive. Benny (Aidan Quinn) runs a small car repair shop. He must also take care of his mentally ill sister Juniper, better known as Joon (Mary Stuart Masterson). After losing a bet, Benny is forced to bring another eccentric into

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Johnny Depp was nominated for a Golden Globe for his astonishing performance in Benny & Joon, though the entire cast is equally impressive. Benny (Aidan Quinn) runs a small car repair shop. He must also take care of his mentally ill sister Juniper, better known as Joon (Mary Stuart Masterson). After losing a bet, Benny is forced to bring another eccentric into his house: Sam (Johnny Depp), the cousin of a friend. Not inclined to conversation, Sam expresses himself by performing Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton routines (and brilliantly!) Not surprisingly, he immediately hits it off with Joon. As Sam and Joon fall deeper in love, Benny for the first time in life experiences the pangs of jealousy. As can be gathered by this synopsis, Benny and Joon may not strike responsive chord with everyone; those who like the film, however, are almost militant in their devotion.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin may be long gone but their spirit lives on in Jeremy Chechik's whimsical film. Benny (Aidan Quinn) is a garage owner who is responsible for the care of his mentally ill sister, Joon (Mary Stuart Masterson). After a poker loss forces him to take in the eccentric Sam (Johnny Depp) as a boarder, Benny becomes concerned when Joon finds Sam attractive. Chechik's film has charm to spare but is a trifle evasive in its suggestion that a form of mental illness that sounds like schizophrenia can be cured by love. But reality must take a back seat in a film which almost amounts to a showcase for a virtuoso performance by Johnny Depp. An actor who has often played down his matinée idol looks to explore characters inhabiting the outermost regions of human experience and imagination, in this film he plays a character that has apparently absorbed the complete works of the great silent comedians, and replicates their style in his everyday behavior. Although this can sound repellently precious, Depp's ability to mimic Keaton and Chaplin, as well as inventing some of his own comic business, is astonishing. But as appealing as this character may be, one wonders, along with Benny, if he is the answer to the problems of the troubled Joon. Quinn, Masterson, and Julianne Moore, as a waitress Benny has his eye on, are all excellent.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/05/2011
UPC:
0883904233282
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
PG
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:38:00
Sales rank:
6,000

Special Features

Audio commentary by Jeremiah Chechik ; Deleted Scenes ; Costume, make-up test and stunt reel ; Music video ; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Johnny Depp Sam
Mary Stuart Masterson Juniper "Joon" Pearl
Aidan Quinn Benny Pearl
Julianne Moore Ruthie
Oliver Platt Eric
CCH Pounder Dr. Garvey
Dan Hedaya Thomas
Joe Grifasi Mike
William H. Macy Randy Burch
Eileen Ryan Mrs. Smail
Risa Bramon Garcia Actor
Dan Kamin Patron
Heidi Levitt Actor
Don Hamilton UPS Man
Irvin Johnson Orderly
Lynette Walden Female Customer
Tony Lincoln Local
Noon Orsatti Patron
Liane Alexandra Curtis Claudia

Technical Credits
Jeremiah S. Chechik Director
Susan Arnold Producer
William Badalato Executive Producer,Production Designer
Barry Berman Original Story,Screenwriter
Bruce Carter Asst. Director
K.C. Colwell Asst. Director
Carol Littleton Editor
Leslie McNeil Associate Producer,Original Story,Screenwriter
Barbara Munch Set Decoration/Design
Noon Orsatti Stunts
Rachel Portman Score Composer
Aggie Guerard Rodgers Costumes/Costume Designer
Donna Arkoff Roth Producer
John Schwartzman Cinematographer
Neil Spisak Production Designer
Pat Tagliaferro Art Director

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Benny and Joon 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
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Great deapth. You'll laugh, cry and wonder why. But you'll not wonder why you saw this movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I DON'T REALLY THINK THAT JOON WAS REALLY SLOW MORE LONGS OF THE WORDS BORDLINE LIKE MYSELF AND SAM WHO WAS PLAYED BY JOHNNY DEEP REALLY LOVED AND CARED FOR HER SO MUCH YES THIS MOVIE HAS A GOOD PLOT A NOT SO SMART GIRL CAN BE WELL UNIQUIE AND SPEND TIME WITH A CHACTER NAMED SAM OH AND JOHNNY DEEP WAS SO CUTE IN THIS MOVIE WAY CUTE!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've watched Benny and Joon 1012 times, and counting. I'm not entirely obsessed, although I hugged the DVD while driving in the car. Haha. My only wish in my life before I die is to meet someone like Johnny Depp. All his movies are amazing. Did I mention my room has pictures/poseters of him from his movies. Like Cry Baby, Edward Scissorhands, all that stuff. Which I have all those movies. Who wouldn't? :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brilliant! One of my absolute fovorite movies! The only complaint I have is that they did not show enough of Johnny Depp!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this movie. It's funny with all its neurotic tendancies. The best part is peanut butter and Captain Crunch in a blender. B & J is a funny look at mental illness in love.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the best movie its soo funny cute/sad. i love it. also, it was filmed in my hometown... spokane washington woohoo.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i thing the movie is great, funny and all the actors are fantastic....Congratulation! *I am a big fan of johnny Depp, i love him soooo much*
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is hilarious...I would recommend it to all...(Especially if you love Johnny Depp)...The entire cast is brilliant though...
ilovejohnnydepp46 More than 1 year ago
i am absolutely in LOVE with this movie. it really beautiful and i just want to watch it over and over again. and johnny depp is sooo gorgeouss
Guest More than 1 year ago
Benny & Joon should be among everyone's DVD collection. A charming tale of love overcoming adversity, physical and mental. Johnny Depp once again shows his amazing range of takent, quietly drifting from whimsical to adorable with the minimum of effort. All the actors do a great job, solid performances all round. Perfect for a cosy night in with a box of chocolates and a good bottle of wine. An absolute must-see!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was perfect, 4th favorite movie (after nightmare before christmas, sleepy hollow, and secret window).rocks the house
Guest More than 1 year ago
amazing storyline and plot. the cast is brilliant. great soundtrack, too
Guest More than 1 year ago
Johnny Depp is sooo amazing in this film! This film is filled with things that will make you laugh, it is sure to lift you spirits (if just the sight of Johnny Depp doesn't already do that. People of all ages are sure to love this film. Johnny Depp and the rest of the cast give amazing performances.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love jonny!! talk about a hottie with a body and a cutie with a bootie he is ssssoooooooo talented
Guest More than 1 year ago
I must admit that I, like almost any other teenage girl, only rented this movie to see Johnny Depp...and let me tell you, I wasn't disappointed. But the movie turned out to be a truly great film in addition to the Depp-factor. If you like good music, a nice story, and loads of laughs, this is a movie for you. I would recommend it to anyone. (*Oh, and you'll really get a kick out of Depp's horror movie impersonations... Don't know what I'm talking about? Watch it, and you will!*) Check it out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Johnny Depp's character, Sam, would be enough reason to see this movie, but the rest of the cast and the plot are good enought to make this one of my favorite movies. The routines done by Depp are hilarious and worth taking a look at.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is great. The acting was wonderful (and might I add that Johnny Depp was at his best). It made me laugh harder than I have in a long time! This movie is the big screen at its best!
Guest More than 1 year ago
it is in fact my sixth favorite movie after the other johnny depp movies listed below. it was entertaining, a bit sad, but being one of the few pg johnny depp movies, it makes a great family film. it was my first mary stuart masterson movie, (i don't think i've seen others), but she had a great performance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the greatest movie ever made. Johnny Depp is unbelievable. He is the best actor of our time. Excellent performances also given by Aidan and Mary. This movie is gorgeous, innovative, and hilarious. I fell in love with Sam (Depp) immediately. He is incredible. I recommend this movie to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great movie. Funny, serious, and just an entertaining film. For any Depp fan this is a must. He does such a good job being Sam. Amazing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
after renting this movie one weekend i liked it so much that i watched it 4 times! johnny depp's character is so lovable and charming that its impossible not to like this movie and everyone should see it
RedShikari More than 1 year ago
Johnny Depp has always looked for quirky roles, and his turn as a Charlie Chaplin/Buster Keaton-esque street performer makes this charming tale one to watch again and again. From his expressive eyes to his dead-on rendition of Chaplin's classic bread dance from "The Gold Rush," Depp creates a character of depth and humanity out of what could have been a very cartoonish role. Aidan Quinn and Mary Stuart Masterson round out the solid cast, and don't forget to look for a young Julianne Moore as a diner waitress!