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Benny & Joon | 1993 | PG | - 1.2.5

Benny (Aidan Quinn) and his schizophrenic sister Joon (Mary Stuart Masterson) must learn to give each other space when Joon falls in love with her illiterate housekeeper (Johnny Depp).

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A few scenes of passionate kissing.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A couple of scenes of adults yelling at each other, two scenes of pummeling with no blood or serious injury, and a horror movie on TV showing the lead stabbing the air with a knife; a spurt of blood hits a wall. Masterson suffers a psychotic episode on a bus which results in her muttering, screaming and pacing.


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LANGUAGE 5 - At least 1 F-word, a few scatological terms, mild obscenities, 1 religious profanity, 1 religious exclamation.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Schizophrenia, being tied down by family responsibilities, how to handle being different.

MESSAGE - You have to learn to let go. People with mental illnesses should be accepted and treated as we'd like to be treated. Being different can be a blessing instead of a curse.

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Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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