In Spokane, Washington, Juniper Pearl - Joon to those that know her - is an artist. She is also a mentally challenged young woman who requires around the clock care, as she could cause harm to herself or others. Her brother Benny Pearl, who owns and operates a garage and who is her only living relative since their parents died twelve years ago in a car accident, has made the decision that she would live at home with him, in the process sacrificing being able to have a personal life of his own. He has hired full-time housekeepers to provide that care when he isn't around. However, he has exhausted the list of housekeepers, who keep quitting because Joon is too much to handle. As such, Benny makes the decision that perhaps it would be best for all concerned if Joon were to live in a group home, something he is hesitating telling her for fear of her reaction. Into their lives comes Sam, the eccentric cousin of Benny's friend Mike, Sam who they obtained from Mike in a losing hand of poker... Written by
Woody Harrelson was due to be in the film, but dropped out to do Indecent Proposal (1993), and because he dropped out, so did Laura Dern. MGM sued Paramount who in turned settled for $500,000. See more »
When Sam and Joon are on the bus, in one shot Sam has his arm on his cane, but the next shot his arm is around Joon. See more »
So we're planning our next vacation, right? I want Australia, she wants Italy. I like snorkeling, she likes garlic. All of a sudden, out of nowhere, she says to me: Do I need her? Jesus, Benny. What kind of a question is that? I mean, "need?" What does it really mean to need someone?
Benny, fuel line!
[and the phone begins ringing]
Hey Waldo, could you answer that phone?
I need a check, Benny. COD.
In a minute. Meet me in the office.
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A delightful and honest look at the power of love and friendship to resolve difficult issues.
It's delightful to watch the power of love and friendship resolve difficult issues. The cast is wonderful. I love when Sam swings from the rope and Joons face lights up! You feel sorry for Sam when he falls, but his understated, "ouch...ouch" is pretty funny. The comedy balances the drama beautifully. The music is memorable.
Continuity comment: When Joon comes down for dinner, salad and spaghetti ("in that order?", says Joon). At the table her knee is showing and in the back and forth dialogue with Benny her knee is covered by her dress and then uncovered. The peanut butter jar is also turned slightly.
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