By Lawrence O'Toole
Updated August 13, 1993 at 04:00 AM EDT

Benny & Joon

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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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