Benny & Joon

Synopsis: In Spokane, Washington, Juniper Pearl - Joon to those that know her - is an artist. She is also a mentally challenged young woman who requires around the clock care, as she could cause harm to herself or others. Her brother Benny Pearl, who owns and operates a garage and who is her only living relative since their parents died twelve years ago in a car accident, has made the decision that she would live at home with him, in the process sacrificing being able to have a personal life of his own. He has hired full-time housekeepers to provide that care when he isn't around. However, he has exhausted the list of housekeepers, who keep quitting because Joon is too much to handle. As such, Benny makes the decision that perhaps it would be best for all concerned if Joon were to live in a group home, something he is hesitating telling her for fear of her reaction. Into their lives comes Sam, the eccentric cousin of Benny's friend Mike, Sam who they obtained from Mike in a losing hand of poker.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Jeremiah S. Chechik
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
98 min

semiprecious metaphors.

She's a housekeeper,

not an English professor.

She moves things.

She said you wandered off.

Did you leave the house alone?

Define "alone".

You know full well what I'm talkin' about.

I can't be worried about you knocking

another housekeeper into retirement.

First, it was Mrs. Larkspur.

A woman deeply

and hygienically disturbed.

- Her hair smelled.

- But then it was Mrs. Piltz.

Piltz? The answer's in the question.

Let's face it, Benjamin.

Hiring housekeepers is not your forte.

Well, until I do find another housekeeper,

you are gonna stick close to the house.


Now have some salad. By the way, I want

you to come with me to my poker game.

- Benny...

- Come on. You'll have a good time.

Web belt and buckle.

Classical Greek martini shaker.

Six turkey-feather darts.

I'll see you with a Deanna Durbin album.

Come on.

- And I'll raise you with a stethoscope.

- Does it have little plastic earpieces?

- What do you care? You never win, Mike.

- I don't want 'em stabbin' my eardrums.

Steering-wheel knob.

Salad Shooter.

'56 Plymouth tire iron.

- Fold-o.

- You must have a good hand, huh?

No, I'm bluffin'.


Come on. You gotta play to find out.

OK. 150 feet of coaxial cable. Show 'em.

- Full house. Jacks over fours.

- Oh, shit.

I thought he was bluffin'.

Will someone get some air to his brain?

He was bluffing about bluffing.

You're a real pal, Benny.

I got a solution to your housekeeper

problem. You can have my roommate.

That's a terrific offer, Benjamin. Save

you from the chore of Smail shopping.

Those places are such drudgery.

Montgomery and Smails,

Smails and Roebuck, Smails-R-Us...


- When did you get a roommate?

- Since last week.

My cousin pounded into town and life's

gone from heaven to hell in seven days.

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