When a family's father runs out on them, Gilbert (Depp) is forced to prematurely take over his role as man of the house. He works at the local grocer store to support his obese mother and two ungrateful sisters. He also has to look after his mentally retarded 17 year old brother, Arnie.
With a young DiCaprio nominated for an Oscar after his breakthrough performance here, it was clear he would go on to be a successful actor. Depp puts in a reliable performance as the put-upon son who finds solace in the company of waitress, Juliette Lewis. All three deliver memorable performances along with a strong supporting cast.
Reviewed by Angie Errigo
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