Meet Gilbert Grape (Johnny Depp), a young man who lives in Endora, Iowa, population 1,091. Gilbert lives with his mother, whose 36 stone frame is slowly destroying the fragile Grape homestead, his brother Arnie, (Leonardo DiCaprio) who was never expected to survive childhood, and his two sisters. Gilbert's only excitement is his affair with Mrs. Betty Carver (Mary Steenburgen). Besides that, Gilbert's life is weird. And he doesn't seem to enjoy it. But one day a mysterious, beautiful girl named Becky (Juliette Lewis) moves into town with her grandmother, and Gilbert's world begins to change...
A Memorable film
- What's Eating Gilbert Grape? review by PM
I watched it not long after it's first release and again more recently, and it has lost none of it's atmosphere. It's a kind of polar opposite to Kerouac's on the road, telling the story of a family marooned in a small town. It is a simple enough story, but told with extraordinary sensitivity and which gets you involved incrementally until you are completely absorbed. Classic movie making IMHO.