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

They'd encourage her in that direction.

These are very nice places -

nurturing, supportive.

I'm not farming her out.

I have every right to be outside, Officer.

- I have every right.

- Yes, ma'am.

May I see some ID, please?

- Waldo, did you start that brake job yet?

- Joon called. You've run out of tapioca.

- She what?

- Oh, and the police will corroborate.

Holy shit.

Listen, Jack, you wanna go

to the baseball game tonight?

- Hey, thanks, Benny.

- Box seats.

Hello? Joon?

Time for your medicine, Joon.

Good night, Steve.

- Oh, hello. How's it goin'?

- I appreciate the deal on the engine.

- No problem. Is it runnin' all right?

- Yeah, it's running great.

- Good.

- So... can I...

Can I make it up to you with some dinner?

Some dinner?

- Are you serious?

- Yeah. Dinner with you.

You know what? I can't.

- I mean, I'd like to...

- It's OK.


Stupid. Stupid.

- 18-15.

- 17-16.

- 18-15!

- It caught the corner.

- It was a foot off the table.

- It was not.

- Juniper...

- Benjamin...

Don't underestimate the mentally ill.

We know how to count.

- OK, fine. 17-16.

- You can't give me what was mine.

- You're trying to cheat.

- I'm not.

- You're cheating.

- Joon, you're the one who's cheating.

You're all trying to cheat me.

You're trying to cheat.

Yeah. I spoke to some of the guys

on the staff, Benny.

Nobody wants to be a housekeeper.

I will. I'll keep tryin'. But I gotta

tell you honestly, I don't think so.

Yeah. OK. Thanks.


OK, Stevie.

I mean, I can't even keep a goldfish alive.

What chance do I have with Joon?

If somethin' bad happened to her, I'd...

I'd never ever be able to forgive myself.

A group home

is the right thing for her, Benny.

Yeah. This is definitely for her own good.

Hey, it's for both your own good.

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