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Plot Summary

  • What's Eating Gibert Grape is a beautifully shot movie of tenderness, caring and self-awareness that is set amongst the fictional working class one street town Endora. Centred around the Grape family Ellen and Amy and their two brothers Arnie and Gilbert, who, along with their morbidly obese widowed mother Bonnie Grape are striving to survive and coexist with the absence of a father figure, low wage work and seventeen-year-old Arnie's severe mental condition. It is in this awkward and extremely one sided affair that the unfortunate Gilbert has to constantly, while working for the town's slowly dying convenience store, take care of his younger brother Arnie. Gilbert's life, his future, is thwarted he knows this, but it is in this guardian angel that his love and bond for Arnie cannot, and will not, be let go. That is until the free spirit of Becky arrives in town, and with her grandmother are stranded for the week while waiting for parts for their vehicle. This realization unties new feelings, new thoughts and new hope for the put upon Gibert, something new is eating Gilbert Grape.

    - Written by Cinema_Fan
  • There isn't much for Gilbert to look forward to in the small, dying town of Endora. The only thing keeping him sane is his mentally challenged brother, and his physically challenged mother. Despite the challenges that are posed in this small town, Gilbert had forgotten that he has become challenged himself, and with the help of a marooned world traveler, begins to see the bigger picture.

    - Written by Mal Fee Zants
  • Gilbert Grape lives in Endora, a place where nothing much happens. The only times the police get something to do is when Gilbert's autistic brother Arnie tries to climb up on the watertower nearby. Taking care of Arnie is mostly Gilbert's task which can be pretty demanding, at least while you are working at the local grocery store. Then one day Becky and her grandmother pass through Endora getting trouble with the car. Gilbert falls in love with Becky, but gets problems when he tries to find time for his own private life.

    - Written by Lars J. Aas <larsa@colargol.edb.tih.no>
  • After his father's death, Gilbert has to care for his mentally disabled brother, Arnie, and his morbidly obese mother, which is suddenly challenged when love walks into his life.

    - Written by unknown

Synopsis

In the small town of Endora, Gilbert Grape (Johnny Depp) is busy caring for his mentally challenged...

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