After losing a bet, Benny is forced to bring another eccentric into his house: Sam Johnny Depp , the cousin of a friend. Either way, it was one bad moment. Cortez who believes that Joon would better off in a group home allowing Benny to lead a life of his own. He's the classic sad clown, a poetic soul who communicates mostly by means of silent movie slapstick. With Tootsie and Beetlejuice rounding out the season and Moulin Rouge! But insert Depp's character and Depp's way of playing this character and you have something entirely else. In Sam, Joon finds a person who makes her laugh, lives by his own rules, and cares for her deeply. I was relieved to discover it was about so much more than that.
The whole movie has a dreamy feel to it, with quirky characters and a left-of-center soundtrack. When: Through May 5, 7:30 p. It may be true that very few actors have the ability to carry off such characters with skill, and make them believable and charming. This film is wonderful because it manages to tell the story of two mentally ill characters and never make them helpless victims. Of course, I believe they met all those challenges exceedingly well and produced a timeless little classic. There is deep and abiding truth in the idea that laughter and love can cure the incurable; people who seemed unable to function before can make great strides when they are shown trust and respect. A must-see for anybody who counts themselves a movie fan.
Pinkham originated roles in Ghost the Musical in 2012 and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson in 2010 on Broadway. They are definitely siblings — alike in being tightly-wound. Depp is superb when getting up to his supposedly unusual antics, Masterson manages well with an equally difficult role, and Quinn holds it together with his subtle performance of a character who must cope with the weirdness around him. Joon does not seem that different from everyone else, and Sam is a born entertainer, but a spontaneous one who should not be put on stage. Sam entertains Joon while he dreams of a job at the video store. I remember when I was a kid I was just so in love with Johnny Depp, you wanna know the reason why? Benny and Joon were orphaned at a young age, and Benny has spent the greater part of his life looking after his mentally ill younger sister. The rest of the score is also forgettable and makes one yearn for lush melodies and a more cohesively constructed show.
It may be too slow and subtle for some, and it doesn't have the look or emotion of Edward Scissorhands, but it is nevertheless a fine movie and one which is destined to have a cult following. Into their lives comes Sam, a cousin of one of Benny's poker buddies. Aidan Quinn was just right in his role of Benny, restrained and compassionate, with just the right amount of yearning to be free. Yet the scenes in which he, out of pique, threatens to put Joon in a group home have a brutality that is chilling. Hannah Elless Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy Hannah Elless is a Michigan-native best known for her portrayal of Margo Crawford in the Broadway musical Bright Star, a role she originated in productions of the play at both the Old Globe and Kennedy Center. When she takes her medication and stays calm and things go smoothly, their lives are blessedly uneventful. And Aidan Quinn, in a somewhat thankless role as the movie's reality base and opponent of love, never plays a scene simply for its obvious point, but lets us see that his love for his sister underlies all of his decisions.
I had always liked movies before, but they were just an occasional treat and I never really paid attention to actors or directors or the like. And it kept what it promised. Benny wants to live a normal life but cannot leave his sister. Sam also manages to get local waitress and B-Movie star Ruthie involved with Benny. The title characters are two young adults, Benny and his kid sister, known as Joon. Mary Stuart Masterson's portrayal of the mentally ill Joon is also spectacular. This is a serio-comic character study with more comedy than seriousness.
Like Keaton and the great silent film stars, Sam rarely speaks to communicate, and this combined with his illiteracy condemns him to be considered stupid as well. Benny has promised to take care mentally ill Joon. There are perhaps three swear words in the entire film; the whole thing is a sweet family romance. Of course, Depp shines with his spot-on Chaplin impressions, and Masterson and Quinn are in top form as well. Then his charming persona slides back into place.
Avid theatergoers may recall her as a featured actor in the short-lived, but well-intentioned musical. Elles has worked on her own album as a singer and songwriter. I'm not going to give anything away about the plot, but it does go in directions I wasn't expecting. Through a clever conceit, Sam moves in with Benny and Joon. Re-watching this movie brings back so many memories and I still love this movie so much.
I knew this film was gonna be something very special. This movie deals honestly and caringly with Benny Aidan Quinn , his mentally ill sister Joon Mary Stuart Masterson , and Sam Depp , who comes unexpectedly into their lives. I was touched by the scenes of Benny and Joon's parents' death. They include as Benny; as Joon; as Sam; as Sam at certain performances; as Ruthie; as Mike; as Larry; as Dr. He must also take care of his mentally ill sister Juniper, better known as Joon Mary Stuart Masterson. It is a sweet, funny entertaining movie.
Sam goes to live with Benny and Joon, his physical gags charm their hearts and brings in Ruthie, a waitress who Benny is just in love with but doesn't have the courage to admit it. The cast also includes Conor Ryan Sam at certain performances , Belinda Allyn, Colin Hanlon, Tatiana Wechsler, Paulo Montalban, Jacob Keith Watson and Natalie Toro. If you read this one exactly as it's written and take out the Depp character it can play accurately. Joon loses, and Benny has a new house guest. If she were to be labeled, say, obsessive-compulsive, or post-traumatic stress disorder, or schizophrenic, or bipolar, then the universality would be taken out of it and it would suddenly only apply to people with one certain label. Current proof can be found at Paper Mill Playhouse, where makes its East Coast Premiere.
Benny works as a mechanic in a garage, has never been away from home or had a proper relationship as he feels he must always look after Joon. Audiences will love the scenes that include Joon playing poker with Benny's friends; Sam making grilled cheese with a clothes iron; Benny Ruthie, Sam and Joon enjoying dinner and a movie; Sam applying to work at the video store; Ruthie and Benny's first date; a baseball game with the friends; and Benny's heartfelt visit with Joon at the hospital. . In Joon, Sam finds a woman who appreciates him as he is, but he also knows a relationship with her is taboo. Bryce Pinkham, Hannah Elless Photo by Genevieve Rafter Keddy Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C.