Every now and then I come across a movie which is really good, yet very few people have even heard of let alone seen. I’d like to try and change that, starting with Benny and Joon.
I’d never heard of it either, but it fast became one of my favourites. It tells the story of a mentally ill girl (Mary Stuart Masterson) and her brother (Aidan Quinn), who are forced to put up with an unwanted lodger after Joon “wins” him in a poker game. It sounds strange, but the film is actually a really touching story about mental illness, but dealt with in a very upbeat way. The film belongs to Johnny Depp, who plays Sam, the simple minded lodger whose own peculiarities make him a perfect partner for Joon.
I can’t recommend Benny and Joon more, especially on a wet evening when you need a bit of cheering up.
Oh, and if you’re wondering about the post title…I guess you’ll just have to watch the movie ;P