• Benny & Joon (1993)

Benny & Joon

Release Date: March 10th, 1993

DVD Release Date: January 9th, 2001

PG |1 hr 38 min

Plot Summary

Benny (Aidan Quinn), who cares for his mentally disturbed sister, Joon (Mary Stuart Masterson), also welcomes the eccentric Sam (Johnny Depp) into his home at Joon's request. Sam entertains Joon while he dreams of a job at the video store. Once Benny realizes Joon and Sam have started a relationship, he kicks Sam out of the house. This leads to an altercation between brother and sister. Joon runs away with Sam, who soon realizes that she may need more support than he alone can provide.

Cast: Johnny Depp, Mary Stuart Masterson, Aidan Quinn, Julianne Moore, Oliver Platt, CCH Pounder, Dan Hedaya, Joe Grifasi

Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik

Genres: Romantic comedy

Production Co: Metro Goldwyn Mayer, Roth-Arnold Productions

Keywords: 1990s, Sister, Hospital, Love, Endearing, Small town, Offbeat, Brother, Amusing, Rescue

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Benny and Joon is a film that approaches its subjects so gingerly it almost seems afraid to touch them. The story wants to be about love, but is also about madness, and somehow it weaves the two together with a charm that would probably not be quite so easy in real life. show more

  • 75
    Jay ScottThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Some viewers will decide that Benny & Joon strays too far from the brink; they will find its sentimentality cloying. Other viewers will applaud the classic silent film humour and will emerge with a glow they'll want to show off to their friends. Both camps can agree, however, that Mary Stuart Masterson, Aidan Quinn and Johnny Depp are quite good. [16 Apr 1993]

  • 88
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Writers Barry Berman and Leslie McNeil and director Jeremiah Chechik tell the story with tenderness and humor. And - miracle of miracles, in this day of endless endings - when the story is over, the movie is over, too. [16 Apr 1993, p.3G]

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Awards

Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy