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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
If you are a Johnny Depp fan you will probably like this. I think Depp is so-so, but I liked for it's sweet story that is sort of off center. Slow moving but very nice. I often think there should be more movies like this. Depp looks about 16 years old.
If you're a Johnny Depp fan, they you'll love this. Once again he proves himself to be unlike any other. It also provided an eye opening perspective of what mental illness's challenges can be but did not stereotype the disease. Mary is phenomenal. All kinds of emotions in one package. I loved this so much, that I watched it a second time the same day.
I was not expecting much when I rented this...just a cute story with Depp. That is what it is. Brother takes care of psychotic sister. She meets and falls in love with Sam (Depp) also a bit "off." Complications occur. Happy ending. Surprising comic performance by Depp as he apes Charlie Chaplin. Fun and sweet.