What's Eating Gilbert Grape | 1993

Directed by: Lasse Hallström

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Main Plot

"What's Eating Gilbert Grape" follows the life of Gilbert Grape, a young man stuck in a small town, taking care of his mentally impaired brother and obese mother. As he struggles to find his own happiness, Gilbert's life takes a turn when a free-spirited girl named Becky arrives in town. Through their friendship, Gilbert begins to question his responsibilities and dreams, ultimately leading him to confront the challenges and choices that have shaped his life. The film explores themes of family, love, and self-discovery in a heartfelt and poignant manner.


  • Gilbert Grape is the character played by Johnny Depp in the movie. He is the older brother who takes care of his mentally impaired younger brother and dysfunctional family.
  • Arnie Grape, a mentally challenged teenager, is Leonardo DiCaprio's character in the film. He is the younger brother of the protagonist, Gilbert Grape, and his care becomes a central focus of the plot.
  • Becky, a free-spirited young woman who comes to the small town and develops a romantic relationship with Gilbert Grape, the main character.


In the ending of "What's Eating Gilbert Grape," Gilbert finally breaks free from the suffocating responsibilities that have consumed his life. After his mother's death, he decides to leave his hometown, Endora, with his mentally disabled brother, Arnie, and their new friend, Becky. Gilbert realizes that he deserves a chance at happiness and a life of his own. As they drive away, Gilbert looks back at his old life, feeling a mix of nostalgia and relief. The film concludes with a sense of hope and possibility, as Gilbert embarks on a journey towards self-discovery and a brighter future for himself and his loved ones.

Lasse Hallström