Looking for a light summer rom-com for a Friday afternoon? Well, “Benny and Joon” isn’t quite that (Jennifer Aniston isn’t in it after all), but we wager you will fall for this whimsical film about love and madness and family and Charlie Chaplin.
The 1993 film “Benny and Joon” is an almost love story between Joon, a mentally ill painter played by Mary Stuart Masterson, and Sam, an extremely quirky young man who spends his life as Buster Keaton. Johnny Depp garnered a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of the oddball Sam, who spends his life emulating silent movie stars like Chaplin and Buster Keaton. The blossoming friendship between Joon and Sam is almost destroyed when Joon’s caretaker, her overprotective older brother Benny (Aidan Quinn), finds out about their relationship.
An incredible all-star supporting cast means this movie is much more than just the Johnny Depp show. A young Julianne Moore, William H. Macy, CCH Pounder and Oliver Platt bring depth to their characters and incredible acting to the screen. It all adds up to a great way to spend a summer evening. You know, indoors, in the air conditioning with the television on.
Benny and Joon airs on IFC at 6:30 pm ET/PT and again at 8:15 a.m. on Saturday. Head here for more information.