6.4/10
223
5 user 3 critic

The Planet of Junior Brown (1997)

Trailer
2:07 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

This is the story of an extremely obese, rather immature, yet very bright and talented young man, and of his world and the people in it... mostly homeless young adults... who refer to their... See full summary »

Director:

Reviews
5 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Two brothers in their early 20s, one black, one white, each the other's keeper since their family was torn apart by a decade old tragedy. Neville is a comedian struggling with his comedy, ... See full summary »

Director: Clement Virgo
Stars: Larenz Tate, Deborah Cox, Martin Cummins
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

William, a once obese and depressed adolescent, is able to move past his teenage years when he moves to the city and comes out as being gay. When he returns home though, he can't cope with his memories.

Director: Thom Fitzgerald
Stars: Chris Leavins, Kerry Fox, Ian Parsons
Siblings (2004)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

SIBLINGS is a dark comedy about love, lust, murder and other issues of normal family life.

Director: David Weaver
Stars: Alex Campbell, Paul Soles, Andrew Chalmers
Drama | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Peter Wellington
Stars: Eric Thal, Sarah Polley, Don McKellar
The Event (2003)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An intense relationship drama that takes the form of a mystery, The Event centers around a series of unexplained deaths that occur among the gay community in New York's fashionable Chelsea ... See full summary »

Director: Thom Fitzgerald
Stars: Parker Posey, Don McKellar, Olympia Dukakis
Guinevere (1999)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A young girl from an affluent family rebels and becomes involved with a much older photographer.

Director: Audrey Wells
Stars: Sarah Polley, Stephen Rea, Jean Smart
Blue Monkey (1987)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

Detective Jim Bishop and Dr. Rachel Carson must find a way to stop a giant monstrous insect that's eating people in her quarantined hospital before it procreates and spreads a deadly infection it's carrying,

Director: William Fruet
Stars: Ivan E. Roth, Steve Railsback, Gwynyth Walsh
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Story of the same couple, first in their teenage years and then in their twilight years, paradoxically set in the same time during the backdrop of the Gulf War in the Middle East.

Director: John Greyson
Stars: Sarah Polley, Diane Ladd, Brendan Fletcher
No Such Thing (2001)
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

"No Such Thing" tells the story of a young journalist who journeys to Iceland to find her missing fiancée only to encounter a mythical creature. She eventually forges a relationship with the being.

Director: Hal Hartley
Stars: Sarah Polley, Robert John Burke, Margrét Ákadóttir
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2/10 X  

A detective tries to track down a serial killer who is murdering prostitutes while at the same time having to deal with his girlfriend's mental problems, which are gradually deteriorating ... See full summary »

Director: George Kaczender
Stars: David Birney, Season Hubley, Suzanne Snyder
Trigger II (2010)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Trigger is the story of two rock n' roll women who once shared a friendship, a band and a whole lot of chaos. Now a dozen years later they meet again, and over the course of one evening ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce McDonald
Stars: Tracy Wright, Molly Parker, Daniel MacIvor
Luck (2003)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Shane Bradley, who is fixated on ideas of luck and destiny, tries to win the girl of his dreams. After their relationship falters, Shane begins to think he might be unlucky and turns to ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Wellington
Stars: Luke Kirby, Sarah Polley, Noam Jenkins
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Mrs. Brown
Martin Villafana ...
Junior Brown
...
Buddy Clark (as Rainbow Sun Francks)
...
Mr. Pool
...
Butter
Richard Chevolleau ...
Duckie
...
Miss Peebs
Nicole Hardy ...
Lesley
Warren Benns ...
Spanish
...
Sandra Tanaka
Christopher Kennedy ...
Derrick
Denis Akiyama ...
Mr. Tanaka
...
Mr. Roundtree
...
Taxi driver
John Vasilantonakis ...
Peel's Neighbor
Edit

Storyline

This is the story of an extremely obese, rather immature, yet very bright and talented young man, and of his world and the people in it... mostly homeless young adults... who refer to their lives and where they live as their individual "planets," and everyone else as "refugees." But there are problems in his world, where a talent for the piano has been reduced to playing Chopin on a piano that has had the strings cut by his mother out of frustration at his incessant practicing... the same mother who now requires him to be there to administer her insulin shots. Still, because he is a 'good boy', he plays on the soundless piano, and takes weekly lessons from a piano teacher so eccentric that she will only allow him to strum out the notes on her dining room table... until, like real planets when other bodies get too close, he finds himself pulled and moved in a different direction. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Passion Moves Mountains

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sex-related dialogue and brief violence | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

6 September 1997 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Junior's Groove  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

References How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Another misunderstood, underrated film
11 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I stumbled upon Junior Brown while sifting through the channels looking for an interesting movie. I liked the name. It's hard to find movies such as this one on American TV. Description reads something like "Watch a shy, fat, black, piano prodigy kid as he journeys into an imaginary world." It could be either very good, or turn out to be an over-ambitious drama, so I decided to peek at it for 5 minutes to see if it's worth it. I did not expect it, but the I caught on to the film's lonely mood as soon as I turned it on. The film turned out to be much more than what was in the description, and I can say that it must have been written by someone who watched a couple minutes of it and fast forwarded the rest until the end. The film has an easy pace, interesting moments, a humble and beautiful music score, and very colorful characters. Mysteriously emotional and well-spoken, builds on each character, and the drama never becomes overdone. The few subplots are amazing. It easily became one of my all-time favorite movies.


5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
name of piano piece? billcrl
great friggin movie nickypooh22
DVD question CeaSerin
movie explaination MiwakoKeitaro
Discuss The Planet of Junior Brown (1997) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?