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Offbeat is mildly descriptive. Depp stars as Gilbert Grape, the titular head of a very dysfunctional family living in a big house in a small Iowa town. His Momma (Cates) weighs more than 500 pounds and hasn't left the house in seven years, he has two squabbling teenage sisters, and 17-year-old brother Arnie (DiCaprio) is mentally retarded and requires constant supervision. What's a good-hearted grocery clerk to do? Well, when free-spirited Becky (Lewis) is momentarily marooned in town, Gilbert may have found a true soulmate. Performances, especially DiCaprio's, save this from the oddball/cute factor although flick would have benefitted from streamlining, particularly the scenes involving Depp and bad-haircut Lewis. Based on the novel by Hedges.

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Available on Running time 118 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Birthdays, Family Drama, Mental Retardation, Coming of Age, Physical Problems, Funerals, Brothers & Sisters
Screenplay
Peter Hedges
Cast
Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Juliette Lewis, Mary Steenburgen, Darlene Cates, Laura Harrington, Mary Kate Schellhardt, Kevin Tighe, John C. Reilly, Crispin Glover, Penelope Branning
Cinematography
Sven Nykvist
Director
Lasse Hallstrom
Music
Alan Parker, Bjorn Isfalt
Producer
Meir Teper, Bertil Ohlsson, David Matalon, Lasse Hallstrom, Alan C. Blomquist, Paramount Pictures

Awards

Natl. Bd. of Review 1993: Support. Actor (DiCaprio).

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What's Eating Gilbert Grape
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Nicholle

This is a great movie. Leonard DiCapario (Arnie) does an excellent job playing a mentally challenged teenager. Johnny Deep is the big brother (Gilbert Grape) who has to look after everyone in the family. He works very hard to try and hold his family together. Both his mom and his brother look up to him for guidance and support. Their lives get turned around when their mother who weighs too much to leave the house suddenly passes away. Because she is too big to be moved once she passes on, Gilbert decides that they'll have to burn the house down along with his mother. That was a really sad scene. Also Gilbert meets a girl he really likes and the new girl is really good with Arnie. Without a place to live and their mother to look after, the Grapes now have a different way of living and so their new lives begin.

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Nicholle

This is a great movie. Leonard DiCapario (Arnie) does an excellent job playing a mentally challenged teenager. Johnny Deep is the big brother (Gilbert Grape) who has to look after everyone in the family. He works very hard to try and hold his family together. Both his mom and his brother look up to him for guidance and support. Their lives get turned around when their mother who weighs too much to leave the house suddenly passes away. Because she is too big to be moved once she passes on, Gilbert decides that they'll have to burn the house down along with his mother. That was a really sad scene. Also Gilbert meets a girl he really likes and the new girl is really good with Arnie. Without a place to live and their mother to look after, the Grapes now have a different way of living and so their new lives begin.