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Bizarre, whimsical, and touching scenes mark WHAT'S EATING GILBERT GRAPE. Johnny Depp is Gilbert, the eldest brother in a large family of a very large (morbidly obese, actually) mother (Darlene Cates) who hasn't left the house since her husband committed suicide years before. Leonardo DiCaprio, who received an Academy Award nomination for his role, is Arnie, Gilbert's retarded teenage brother who needs constant supervision (he's often found scaling the town water tower). Caring, passive Gilbert is burdened beyond reason, living a dead-end life in a dying small town, stocking shelves at a grocery store whose business being taken over by the new mall supermarket. Gilbert's best friends (Crispin Glover and John C. Reilly) see their futures in the form of undertaker and Burger Barn owner, and Gilbert's other social life is taken up with a random affair with a frustrated and reckless housewife (Mary Steenburgen). Everyone needs the constantly patient Gilbert, whose future seems equally grim until well-travele...
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CastMary Steenburgen
DirectorLasse Hallström
Release Date:  1993
MPAA Rating:  PG-13
DVD Release Date:  Paramount Home Entertainment (November 27, 2001)
Runtime:  1hr 58min
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review by . November 06, 2004
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Pros: Great acting, fantastic story, Johnny Depp     Cons: Mushy at times. But Johnny makes up for it     The Bottom Line: My bottom line loves Johnny Depp... and this movie, of course
review by . July 10, 2000
Pros: Lewis and, painfully, DiCaprio     Cons: Gilbert's life        Had I know Leonardo DiCaprio was in this I probably wouldn't have watched it. As it was, I was glad I did for he gave a terrific performance. Could this have been his first release? When the movie came out the title led me away from it as we were going through some weird movie titles at the time that really had nothing to do with the movie. For once the title and the movie sure …
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