Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Movie Review-Benny & Joon

Title-"Benny & Joon"

Rating- PG-13

Director-Jeremiah S. Chechik

Actors-Aidan Quinn, Mary Stuart Masterson, Johnny Depp



Benny and Joon

"Benny & Joon" is a very enjoyable, touching, and funny movie. What makes it so great is how well those elements work together in the movie. "Benny & Joon" is about a man named Benny (Aidan Quinn) who has been looking after his younger sister, Joon (Mary Stuart Masterson), who is mentally ill, for most of his life. They have a quiet life that is filled with routine. One day, Joon plays a game of poker with Benny and his friends, and one of the friends decides to "bet" a cousin that has been staying at his house. Joon loses the game and "wins" the cousin, an eccentric man named Sam (Johnny Depp), who is very interested in Charlie Chaplin and other silent film stars. Benny is not very happy about bringing Sam home with them, and the brother and sister find both their lives and close bond disrupted when Sam and Joon fall for each other. This movie has wonderful performances by the three main actors, who make the characters seem real and three-dimensional. The story was especially good, portraying serious subjects as well as being funny. There are serious scenes, but it has enough lighter scenes to balance it out. If you want to see a very interesting, funny, and well-acted movie, I really recommend watching "Benny & Joon".

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