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Whats Eating Gilbert Grape is a rich memorable and stunningly acted story of desire colliding with responsibility It catches many an eye with its dramatic yet solemn storyline and creative technical features The films major themes are well presented throughout the plot largely due to the marvellous talents of the majority of the cast Many people are drawn to this film because of their ability to relate personally to the major themes and issues raised It is obvious that the target audience for this film is the average teenager in a family situation At some point in family life every teen is going to feel as if they are suffering Whats Eating Gilbert Grape allow its teenage viewers to compare their so-called hardships with that of a truly dysfunctional family The use of creative technical features throughout the film adds greatly to its appeal The mid-western sunsets and sprawling fields are beautifully photographed making the atmosphere of the town intensely real One of the most perfectly realised scenes focused on the grand opening of a burger franchise Burger Barn attended by the entire town and accompanied by the off-key high school band Not a single note in the depiction of Endora rang false Gilbert Grape Johnny Depp is a young man living in rural Endora who faced incredible responsibilities As the man of the house since his fathers suicide Gilbert was forced to support the family by working at the local grocery store He also had to watch over his mentally handicapped brother Arnie Leonardo DiCaprio and help care for his extremely overweight mother Darlene Cates Gilbert seemed destined to spend the rest of his life in the small town until the arrival of Becky Juliette Lewis to Endora a free spirit passing through with her grandmother when their truck broke down As he spent time with Becky Gilbert began to think about all the things he was missing Slowly his resentment built up until
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