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What's Eating Gilbert Grape?

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7.71 h 57 min1994X-Ray12
Gilbert Grape feels trapped - with no father present and an eccentric family to care for, he is struggling to cope. His extremely overweight mother cannot leave the house and his developmentally challenged younger brother Arnie is running riot with his stubborn antics. As much as Gilbert adores Arnie and shares a unique fatherly bond, he can be difficult to care for.
Directors
Lasse Hallström
Starring
Johnny DeppDarlene CatesJuliette Lewis
Genres
Drama
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Supporting actors
Leonardo DiCaprioMary Steenburgen
Producers
Bertil OhlssonDavid MatalonMeir Teper
Studio
STUDIOCANAL Ltd
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4.7 out of 5 stars

3301 global ratings

  1. 79% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 13% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 5% of reviews have 3 stars
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DaisyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 January 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Brilliant performance by teenage DiCaprio
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Johnny Depp's character Gilbert is a kind and selfless young man who, in his own words, wants to be "nice". His mother (Darlene Cates) has become morbidly obese since she became a widow, and is not able to carry out the usual duties of a parent. His brother, Arnie (Leonardo DiCaprio) is, we presume, severely autistic. Gilbert appears to have no way out, but the arrival of Becky (Juliette Lewis) on the scene is enough to help the whole family begin to move on. For such a young actor at the time (1993), DiCaprio's performance as Arnie is utterly convincing. The portrayal of disability must be challenging for actors, and possibly for families affected to watch, but DiCaprio's Arnie is consistent in his physicality, voice, facial expressions, and even the ticks he uses swiping his nose. Darlene Cates' performance as mum Bonnie is truly memorable too, in that we see not only the stereotype, but more importantly the person suffering so much mentally and physically. I'd recommend this film for youngsters too - lots of thought-provoking stuff for them.
8 people found this helpful
Sasha BellReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 January 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Amazing film
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This is another Johnny Depp film I was unaware of before Amazon brought it to my attention through a recommendation email, a big thanks to Amazon! as this is a fantastic film, a straight role for Johnny Depp perfectly executed, but an absolutely amazing performance from a young Leonardo DiCaprio, wow! he plays the part of Gilberts (Depp) younger brother who has severe autism, Leonardo was only 19 when he made this film, and he puts in a stunning and thoughtful portrayal of someone with autism, his acting ability is without question astonishing. Two superb actors side by side, telling a very touching story.
11 people found this helpful
Silly The KidReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 June 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
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What a lovely film! Before he became irritatingly omnipresent in the movies, Johnny Depp impresses as the titular character who's forced to take care (along with his sisters) of his morbidly obese mother who hasn't left their house in years and mentally disabled brother (played by Leonardo Dicaprio in another promising early performance) who's always getting himself into trouble.

Gilbert desperately wants to leave his small town behind, but as long as he has these twin responsibilities, he's pretty much trapped where he is... until a girl on a bike (Juliette Lewis) rides in one day, and things will never be the same again. Mwhahaha.

Reminding me of another film by Swedish director Lasse Hallstrom called 'My Life As A Dog', this one is similarly set in a small community where everyone knows each other. There isn't a lot of drama here, but who needs it when the characters and the plot are this charmingly authentic?

Gilbert's struggles in his personal and private life are endlessly watchable, especially his relationship with his dysfunctional brother Artie which forms most of the emotional fulcrum. It's moving, funny in places, and just an all-round pleasurable viewing experience. Now who could ask for more than that? 7/10
2 people found this helpful
MarchesaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 October 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Wonderful Heartfelt Film
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This film will spoil you - it stars both Johnny Depp and Leonardo di Caprio. Filmed in 1992 when both were young stars although it is rarely acknowledge that Depp looked so much younger than his years as he was 29 at the time and over 30 when the film was released. That is no criticism - he has excellent genes and looks far younger than his years to this day. A special mention to Juliette Lewis who shines as so much more than the love interest and Mary Steenburgen who makes her first foray as the older woman attracting a younger man. Di Caprio was nominated for an Oscar, Depp should have won one. A very sweet understated film that will leave a lasting impression. Highly recommended.
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Schrödinger's CatReviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 June 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great movie – don't miss this one
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I put off watching this film for a long time because (a) there was a lot of hype around it and (b) I don't really like Johnny Depp. However, I was very pleasantly surprised. This is a tale of a highly complex and difficult family set-up where the oldest son, Gilbert Grape aka Depp, is a real unselfish hero and puts the very challenging and dysfunctional family first. Great show and would thoroughly recommend it. Depp is really great – superlative performance. Juliet Lewis is brilliant too. Although DiCaprio's performance was Oscar-nominated, widely lauded and is in fact really good, I felt that it somehow lacked something or was slightly overdone or contrived. The late Darlene Cate was truly amazing as the obese mother. Overall, a great piece of cinema based on a great story. Go watch.
2 people found this helpful
Rupert GarciaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 January 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Feels Like a Dream
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Bittersweet, emotional and utterly compelling. I really enjoyed revisiting this classic, and watching it reminded me of a simpler time in years gone by. Maybe it's just a memory that has so many dreams mixed in with it that it never really existed at all. That's what good films do - they make you think and feel - and this is a good film.
4 people found this helpful
Bob GroverReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 January 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
De Caprio shines, and Depp helps him do it. A subtle film.
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Extraordinarily convincing performance from Leonardo as a 17 year old on the autism spectrum. Believable and excellent acting from the rest of the cast. I had a feeling when I started watching that nothing much was happening, but then I realised what was happening and the film carried me along to the end. Not one for for action thriller only fans, but a fine film.
3 people found this helpful
BobbysorousReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 August 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Thought-provoking and heart-warming moments
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Absolutely gorgeous acting from, well...all of them really! Di Caprio's depiction of autistic child is amazing (did he win an oscar). Johnny Depp really made his name here. This film got me feeling the full range of emotions at these characters: anger, sympathy, compassion, empathy, joy .....etc
Not a classic 'feel good movie' or laugh-a-minute comedy, but definitely some happiness packed in here to make you think....
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