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Gilbert Johnny Depp is a young man who lives in Endora Iowa population 1091 Describing it says Gilbert is like dancing to no music Gilbert lives with his mother Darlene Cates whose five hundred pound frame is slowly destroying the fragile Grape homestead Gilbert also lives with his brother Arnie Leonardo DiCaprio who is nearly eighteen but was never expected to survive childhood his older sister Amy who only smiles when something goes wrong and Ellen the youngest who just wants to get a suntan Gilbert works at the old Lamson Grocery - not the new Super Food Land which he despises and he is having an affair with Mrs Betty Carver Mary Steenburgen whose husband desperately wants to sell Gilbert some insurance Gilberts life is weird And he doesnt seem to enjoy it But one day a mysterious beautiful girl from Michigan named Becky Juilette Lewis moves into town with her grandmother - and Gilberts world begins to change It creates a real sense of life which everybody knows is often plodding and mundane even when it feels like the world is about to strangle you Which is exactly how Gilbert Grape Johnny Depp feels In his mid-twenties and saddled with responsibility for his family Gilbert is trapped in the dying small town world of Endora a place he compares to dancing without music He works at the local grocery store and frequently indulges in an affair with the local insurance salesmans wife Mary Steenburgen but he wants more Of course he could get in his old truck and leave at any time but that would mean dropping the responsibilities left to him when his father committed suicide seventeen years earlier He could get away but that would be dishonourable Among his responsibilities first and foremost is his mother Darlene Cates Once the most beautiful girl in the region she is now a horribly obese woman who hasnt left the house
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