What's Eating Gilbert Grape Movie Review 1993

Information and Film Reviews for What's Eating Gilbert Grape the Movie

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4.0 4.0 from 2 reviews

Offbeat is mildly descriptive. Depp stars as Gilbert Grape, the titular head of a very dysfunctional family living in a big house in a small Iowa town. His Momma (Cates) weighs more than 500 pounds and hasn't left the house in seven years, he has two squabbling teenage sisters, and 17-year-old brother Arnie (DiCaprio) is mentally retarded and requires constant supervision. What's a good-hearted grocery clerk to do? Well, when free-spirited Becky (Lewis) is momentarily marooned in town, Gilbert may have found a true soulmate. Performances, especially DiCaprio's, save this from the oddball/cute factor although flick would have benefitted from streamlining, particularly the scenes involving Depp and bad-haircut Lewis. Based on the novel by Hedges.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 118 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Birthdays, Family Drama, Mental Retardation, Coming of Age, Physical Problems, Funerals, Brothers & Sisters
Peter Hedges
Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Juliette Lewis, Mary Steenburgen, Darlene Cates, Laura Harrington, Mary Kate Schellhardt, Kevin Tighe, John C. Reilly, Crispin Glover, Penelope Branning
Sven Nykvist
Lasse Hallstrom
Alan Parker, Bjorn Isfalt
Meir Teper, Bertil Ohlsson, David Matalon, Lasse Hallstrom, Alan C. Blomquist, Paramount Pictures


Natl. Bd. of Review 1993: Support. Actor (DiCaprio).

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