What's Eating Gilbert Grape?

What's Eating Gilbert Grape?

DVD - 2006
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Gilbert lives in Endora, a place where nothing happens. Aside from a secret affair with a housewife, Gilbert spends his days stocking shelves at a grocery store, caring for his mentally handicapped brother, and holding together a large family headed by Mama, a former beauty queen whose weight tops 500 pounds. But just when Gilbert thinks nothing will ever change, a pretty stranger arrives on the scene, capturing Gilbert's heart and inspiring him to make a break.
Topical Term: Families
Teenagers with mental disabilities
Feature films
Romantic comedy films
Romance films
Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Pictures, [2006]
Edition: Special collector's ed
ISBN: 9781415718711
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 128 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Language Note: In English with optional English subtitles; closed-captioned


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Dec 13, 2019

What a great tale. An eclectic cast that tells an endearing story. I thought it would get tiresome, the developmentally-challenged younger brother (a young DiCaprio), but there was a scene with his mother that was so touching, amazing acting. The performances, story, set, dynamic here really work very well and it all congealed into a rich story well told. Touching in an honest way.

Feb 21, 2019

Amazing acting all around

Sep 19, 2018

This drama movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp, Darlene Cates, and Juliette Lewis. Gilbert Grape is a young man who must take care of his morbidly obese mother who is bedridden, as well as his younger brother who is mentally impaired. This leaves him feeling very overwhelmed with not many places to turn to, until he meets Becky. This movie is an emotional rollercoaster as things keep happening left and right. It also shows you what an amazing actor Leonardo DiCaprio is, even from a young age. I would rate this movie 4.5/5 stars and recommend it to those who like emotional and serious films.
- @The_Reviewer of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

apollospacefan Jun 18, 2018

One of the classics. Leonardo DiCaprio is amazing as a happy, energetic, mentally handicapped Arnie, making the movie into one of those laugh/cries due to the ironies of life.

Apr 22, 2018

Wild to see these actors at this stage in their careers....and diCaprio is something else. The cinematography is gorgeous and the climactic sequence is breathtaking. Way up on my list.

Dec 05, 2017

GREAT 1993 Lasse Hallstrom directed film about a diversely troubled family struggling to keep things together in a rural Iowa small town.
Superb performance by Leonardo DiCaprio as the younger brother with developmental disability; Johnny Depp also quite good.

Aug 28, 2016

Classic movie. The best thing Leonardo Dicaprio has done yet. Solid acting all round, and a great script. Johnny Depp and Juliette Lewis are both great.

Aug 13, 2016

Love this movie, love wonderful performance of Johnny Depp, amazing performance of Leonardo DiCaprio. I admire a talent - Leo.

Apr 21, 2016

I loved this movie. I can see why Leonardo DiCaprio and Johnny Depp are great actors now as they both acted fantastically in this film. They don't make movies like this anymore.

jpozenel Feb 15, 2016

I've watched this movie at least three times now over the years. It's just as good on the last viewing as the very first. I look forward to watching again in another 5 or 10 years. Leonardo DiCaprio's acting is amazing. There are so many very subtle nuances that he adds to a number of scenes. It's no wonder that he's the star that he is today.

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