Benny and Joon is a very unknown film that should be a classic. Anybody whose already seen this I’m sure would agree it has to be a must-see because of how clever, different and fun it is.
Joon (Mary Stuart Masterson) is a mentally ill girl who has been in the care of her over protective older brother, Benny (Adrian Quinn) since their parents died 12 years earlier. But just as he is beginning to doubt if he can continue to take care of her by himself, after she knocks yet another housekeeper into retirement, Joon loses at a poker game where one of Benny’s friends has bet his eccentric cousin, Sam (Johnny Depp) and everything in their lives changes.
Benny and Joon has lots of different things about it that make it a really enjoyable film. The characters in this are some of the most likable characters in any movie particularly Depp’s Sam who models himself after Buster Keaton and has some unique ways of making toasties and mash potatoes. If you have seen any silent movies mainly Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin or Harold Lloyd, then you would be able to understand lots of the references in this film. All the actors I think did a wonderful in this, for anyone who is a Johnny Depp fan they would be literally crazy to miss out on this.
The romance between Sam and Joon is really sweet and they couldn’t have been a better couple. Though this film does have its dramatic scenes, the feel-good factor in this overpowers all of this and makes it wonderful movie to watch whatever mood youre in. With brilliant performances, a beautiful and unique romance, wonderful weirdness and a film that is guaranteed to make you smile no matter what kind of day you’ve had. What’s not to like?