What's Eating Gilbert Grape is a 1993 American drama film directed by Lasse Hallström and starring Johnny Depp, Juliette Lewis, Darlene Cates, and Leonardo DiCaprio the film follows 24 year old Gilbert a grocery store clerk caring for his morbidly obese mother and his mentally impaired younger brother in a sleepy Midwestern town Peter Hedges wrote the screenplay adapted from his 1991 novel of the same name the film was well received DiCaprio received his first Academy Award nomination for his role.


In the small town of Endora, Iowa, Gilbert Grape is busy caring for Arnie - Leonardo DiCaprio his mentally challenged brother as they wait for the many tourists trailers to pass through town during an annual Airstreamer's Club gathering at a nearby recreational area his mother Bonnie gave up on life after her husband hanged himself in the basement seven years earlier she spends almost all of her time on the couch watching TV and eating with Bonnie unable to care for her children on her own due to her morbid obesity Gilbert has taken responsibility for repairing the old house and looking after Arnie who has a habit of climbing the town water tower while his sisters Amy and Ellen do the rest.


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