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

- Just like the good Lord intended.

- 26 years old, he can't even read.

Spends all day polishing my plastic forks.

When you say he can't read,

what do you mean? Like words?

Yeah. And he keeps me up all night

watchin' stupid old movies.

My work's starting to suffer.

- You install cable TV.

- Joon, will you please glue your sequins?

Have we an internal sequin issue

to deal with, Benjamin?

All right, can we make this the last hand?

Come on, come on. Play cards.

Two tickets,

tomorrow night's baseball game.

One Pocket Fisherman.

- Fold.

- Do you ever stay in?

Snorkel mask.

She knows how to rattle the day help.

I think we need to find someone

more understanding than Mrs. Smail.

Tell me, how are you two getting along?


Fine. Normal. You know, fine.

- Why?

- I'll level with you.

I think it's time you gave some

serious consideration to a group home.

- She already has a home.

- Benny, she'd be with her peers.

She hates her peers. She's already quit

the two day centers to prove it.

Look, all we need right now

is a new housekeeper.

Well, I know of no one else.

You've been up and down the list.

You might want to consider

that there are some people

more capable of handling

these episodes than you.

I think that you two living together

may not be the best thing any more.

I'm her brother, and I'm her only family.

And we've done just fine,

the two of us, for 12 years.

Yes, but her stress level is always

a factor in her display of symptoms.

Her agitation should

be kept to a minimum.

Everybody gets agitated.

Sometimes it's the only option.

Benny, don't get me wrong.

I'm impressed how

you've managed this long.

But a group home would let her

develop other relationships.

We don't know this,

but what if she were capable of a job?

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