In Spokane, Washington, Juniper Pearl - Joon to those that know her - is an artist. She is also a mentally challenged young woman who requires around the clock care, as she could cause harm to herself or others. Her brother Benny Pearl, who owns and operates a garage and who is her only living relative since their parents died twelve years ago in a car accident, has made the decision that she would live at home with him, in the process sacrificing being able to have a personal life of his own. He has hired full-time housekeepers to provide that care when he isn't around. However, he has exhausted the list of housekeepers, who keep quitting because Joon is too much to handle. As such, Benny makes the decision that perhaps it would be best for all concerned if Joon were to live in a group home, something he is hesitating telling her for fear of her reaction. Into their lives comes Sam, the eccentric cousin of Benny's friend Mike, Sam who they obtained from Mike in a losing hand of poker... Written by
During the diner scene with Joon and Sam, Joon refers to raisins as "humiliated grapes". Depp also used this reference in 'Pirates of The Caribbean: Curse of The Black Pearl' during an extended and deleted scene where Jack Sparrow (Depp) is captured in the caves. He claims "parlay" then explains the word was invented by the French. See more »
When Sam is looking longingly up at the hospital, the stairstep roofline (that he later hangs from) is in the center, above the porch. The roofline on each side is sloped with dormers. Later we see Sam swinging from a stairstep roofline and the porch is to his left, which means he's on the right where the roof is sloped with dormers. See more »
So we're planning our next vacation, right? I want Australia, she wants Italy. I like snorkeling, she likes garlic. All of a sudden, out of nowhere, she says to me: Do I need her? Jesus, Benny. What kind of a question is that? I mean, "need?" What does it really mean to need someone?
Benny, fuel line!
[and the phone begins ringing]
Hey Waldo, could you answer that phone?
I need a check, Benny. COD.
In a minute. Meet me in the office.
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I have fallen in love with this film. It is a classic love story between
two lovable, quirky characters Sam and Joon. Benny and Joon has serious
elements in its portrayal of Joon's (Masterson) sickness and how it
her relationship with her brother, Benny (Quinn). This melancholy feeling
is soon overshadowed by the magical aura that Sam (Depp) brings to these
troubled siblings giving the movie an overall light-hearted and fun
The characters in Benny and Joon make the film truly original. Johnny
Depp's portrayal of Sam is amazing. He hits the mark with his
performance that brings exceptional charm to the story. Mary Stuart
Masterson's portrayal of the mentally ill Joon is also spectacular. Depp
and Masterson have undeniable chemistry in this movie. The quirkiness of
their characters complement each other while Aidan Quinn's portrayal of
Benny keeps the story down to earth with his sensibility that contrasts
and Joon's eccentricity. In short, this is a romance you won't want to
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