What's Eating Gilbert Grape
In a backwater Iowa town, Gilbert struggles to take care of his mentally disabled brother, Arnie, and provide for the rest of his family. But after falling for the stranded Becky, Gilbert discovers exciting new possibilities for his life.
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- Lasse Hallström
- DVD and streaming
- 1994 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture nominee
- 1994 Academy Award®
- Best Supporting Actor nominee: Leonardo DiCaprio
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Japanese: Dolby Digital 2.0 SurroundOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; trailer.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this movie is more provocative thematically than others starring Depp and DiCaprio. There's bullying, disrespect, emotionally tense family scenes, and humiliation. There are some scary scenes of family fights, mostly with Gilbert's younger brother Arnie who is mentally challenged. References are made to Gilbert's father, who killed himself. Gilbert is involved with a married woman for part of the film, and there are some scenes with sexual content. Alcohol and drug use are at a minimum. The issue of tolerance is a main theme throughout the movie, centering around Arnie and Gilbert's mother, who's overweight. Scenes of townspeople taunting Arnie and Mrs. Grape could be upsetting.
- Sexual Content
- Female/male romance, some kissing, some suggestion of oral sex.
- Some slapping and shouting scenes involving a boy with autism.
- A few bad words, said quietly but with a lot of anger.
- Social Behavior
- A main character engages in an affair with a married character, there are some difficult scenes of overweight and mentally challenged characters being teased.
- Some fictionalized food vendors play a part in plot.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Some beer drinking on screen, some smoking. There is a suggestion that a character uses food as a way of turning away from reality.
- 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