What's Eating Gilbert Grape Background

What's Eating Gilbert Grape Background

What's Eating Gilbert Grape is an American drama movie released in 1993. It was directed by Lasse Hallstrom, and starred Johnny Depp, Juliette Lewis, Darlene Cates, and Leonardo DiCaprio, the latter of which received his first Academy Award nomination for his role in the film.

The movie focuses on the titular protagonist, Gilbert, a 24 year old grocery store clerk living in a small Iowan town. Gilbert alone has to take care of his entire family, including Arnie, his developmentally disabled little brother, as well as his morbidly and dangerously obese mother Bonnie. The film follows Gilbert's efforts to maintain the family as a number of events threaten to destabilize it.

What's Eating Gilbert was critically acclaimed, and many of the actors were nominated for awards for their performances within it. Critics praised its thoughtful and unique narrative style, as well as the compelling plot and characters. The movie is considered a standout piece of 1990's film.

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