What's Eating Gilbert Grape? (McCormick's Quick Takes).
What's Eating Gilbert Grape? (Paramount, 1993). Plenty, that's what. Gilbert (Johnny Depp) is a teenager with way too many responsibilities in this touching comedy about a family of enchanting misfits in a town of very ordinary folks. Trying to take care of autistic kid brother Arnie (Leonardo DiCaprio), who likes to climb the town water tower, and a grossly obese mother (Darlene Cares) who never comes out of the front parlor, Gilbert falls in love with a girl (Juliette Lewis) who is traveling gypsy-like across America in a trailer. In a town where the big news is a new Wal-Mart and where nobody has any real secrets, Gilbert has found a home that nurtures and smothers in just the way real families often do. ***