Lawrence O'Toole
August 13, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Benny & Joon

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
performer
Johnny Depp, Cary Elwes, Mary Stuart Masterson, Aidan Quinn, Roger Rees, Joe Grifasi, Dan Hedaya, William H. Macy, Julianne Moore, Oliver Platt, CCH Pounder
director
Jeremiah Chechik
genre
Drama, Comedy, Romance

We gave it a C-

Joon (Mary Stuart Masterson) is totally nuts. Though brother Benny (Quinn) has taken care of her for all these years, he really doesn’t understand her needs. Along comes Sam (Depp), who’s a bit cuckoo himself and teaches Joon to make grilled cheese sandwiches with an iron. Despite a couple of oddly beguiling moments, Benny & Joon labors over its own whimsy and is slower than any film has a right to be. Ultimately, it sentimentalizes mental illness, as if the condition were merely a curious character flaw like lateness. C-

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