Benny and Joon
Benny is the overprotective caretaker of his mentally ill but artistically talented sister, Joon. When the eccentric Sam, who looks and acts like a silent-movie comedian, falls for Joon, the siblings' frail bond is put to the test.
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- Jeremiah S. Chechik
- 1994 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) nominee
PGTheme, a scene of mild sensuality and one use of harsh language
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1Subtitles
French, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; audio commentary; deleted scene; costume and make-up test; stunt reel; music video; theatrical trailer.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that the subject of caring for a mentally ill family member is the focal point of this movie. Joon seems "normal," as Sam remarks to Benny, but she has tantrums, pyromaniac moments, and breakdowns. But Joon is also an adult, and she has adult feelings, which lead to romance with Sam. Whether this romance is appropriate or not supplies some of the edge to the plot of the movie.
- Sexual Content
- Some steamy kisses and a scene where Joon and Sam are in bed together: no skin is shown, except for their bare calves sticking out of the covers.
- Benny is a protective big brother, who roughs up Sam when he hears that Sam and Joon are having a relationship.
- Runs the gamut, from "damn" to "s--t" and one instance of the f-word.
- Social Behavior
- The movie is about caring: Benny cares for Joon as her brother, but also as her only family member. Sam cares for Joon, first as a housekeeper and then as a boyfriend. Ruthie cares for everyone in her way, giving tapioca and kindness when it's asked for.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Benny and his friends drink beer when they play poker, though no one is shown being intoxicated. Ruthie offers Benny a beer when they have an awkward moment. Benny later says, "I need a beer."
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it