What's Eating Gilbert Grape

Film

Time Out says

Hallström's finally struck a chord with the Americans, though it's much the same cocktail of whimsy and worry, the eccentric and the banal, that he's been mixing all along. The frustrated Gilbert (Depp) lives at home in Endora, Iowa, with his two younger sisters, his mentally disabled brother Arnie (DiCaprio), and his sofa-crushing 600lb mother (Cates). Deep in a Midwestern rut, Gilbert holds down a job at the local store, maintains a bored affair with housewife Betty Carver (Steenburgen), and tries to keep Arnie out of trouble, but his patience is running out - it's only when he meets teen traveller Becky (Lewis) that he can really take stock. Cute adolescent poetry with a sentimental kick.

Details

Release details

Rated:
15
Duration:
118 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Lasse Hallström
Screenwriter:
Peter Hedges
Cast:
Johnny Depp
Juliette Lewis
Mary Steenburgen
Leonardo DiCaprio
John C Reilly
Darlene Cates