The Grass Arena is the true story of John Healy. Raised in an ultra religious family, with an abusive father, young Johnny soon learns that he has to learn to defend himself. He takes up boxing, but soon falls victim to alcholism. His boxing career over, John takes to the Grass Arena (the park) where he lives with other alcoholics.
A wheeler-dealer (John Malkovich) and his girlfriend (Andie MacDowell) are stranded penniless and hotel-bound in London, with only the girl's Henry Moore statuette as collateral. She suggests they fake a burglary to collect the insurance.
Four women rent a chateau on a remote Italian island to try to come to grips with their lives and relationships. They explore the differences in their personalities, reassess their goals, and reexamine their relationships in a sisterly fashion.