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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12
Cast
Johnny Depp
Leonardo DiCaprio
Juliette Lewis
Mary Steenburgen
Crispin Glover
Directors
Lasse Hallstrom
Screenwriters
Peter Hedges
Running Time
118 minutes

What's Eating Gilbert Grape?
A teenager is made to look after his retarded brother and obese mother after his father runs off.


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Plot
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.


Verdict
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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