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Benny & Joon (1993)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  23 April 1993 (USA)
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A mentally ill young woman finds her love in an eccentric man who models himself after Buster Keaton.


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In Spokane, Washington, Juniper Pearl - Joon to those that know her - is an artist. She is also a mentally challenged young woman who requires around the clock care, as she could cause harm to herself or others. Her brother Benny Pearl, who owns and operates a garage and who is her only living relative since their parents died twelve years ago in a car accident, has made the decision that she would live at home with him, in the process sacrificing being able to have a personal life of his own. He has hired full-time housekeepers to provide that care when he isn't around. However, he has exhausted the list of housekeepers, who keep quitting because Joon is too much to handle. As such, Benny makes the decision that perhaps it would be best for all concerned if Joon were to live in a group home, something he is hesitating telling her for fear of her reaction. Into their lives comes Sam, the eccentric cousin of Benny's friend Mike, Sam who they obtained from Mike in a losing hand of poker... Written by Huggo

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A romance on the brink of reality.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG for theme, a scene of mild sensuality and one use of harsh language | See all certifications »

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23 April 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Corazones en conflicto  »

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$23,202,734 (USA)

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Mary Stuart Masterson did a lot of the paintings herself. See more »


We see Sam "playing" a balloon. The balloon is not tied, but then we hear it pop. An untied balloon can't pop. There is no resistance pressure. See more »


Joon: She was given to fits of semi-precious metaphors.
Benny: The woman is a housekeeper, Joon, not an English professor.
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References Sherlock Jr. (1924) See more »


Written by Chris Cornell (as Christopher J. Cornell), Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament
Performed by Temple of the Dog
Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.
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A delightful and honest look at the power of love and friendship to resolve difficult issues.
10 June 2005 | by (Orangeville) – See all my reviews

It's delightful to watch the power of love and friendship resolve difficult issues. The cast is wonderful. I love when Sam swings from the rope and Joons face lights up! You feel sorry for Sam when he falls, but his understated, "ouch...ouch" is pretty funny. The comedy balances the drama beautifully. The music is memorable.

Continuity comment: When Joon comes down for dinner, salad and spaghetti ("in that order?", says Joon). At the table her knee is showing and in the back and forth dialogue with Benny her knee is covered by her dress and then uncovered. The peanut butter jar is also turned slightly.

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