Benny and Joon

1993 PG 1h 38m DVD

Benny and Joon

1993 PG 1h 38m DVD
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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.
Johnny Depp, Mary Stuart Masterson, Aidan Quinn, Julianne Moore, Oliver Platt, CCH Pounder, Dan Hedaya, Joe Grifasi, William H. Macy, Liane Curtis
Jeremiah S. Chechik
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 11+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 11+
age 11+

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 child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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