Whimsical to a fault, WHAT'S EATING GILBERT GRAPE? hangs together in large part because of fine performances by Johnny Depp, as the preciously named Gilbert Grape, and Leonardo DiCaprio, who received an Academy Award nomination for his performance as Gilbert's retarded teenage brother.
Gilbert is encumbered by more burdens than any young man ought to have. He lives in isolated Endora, a dying small town, and stocks shelves at a grocery whose business has decamped to the new mall supermarket. Gilbert's 500-pound mother (Darlene Cates) hasn't left the house since his father
hanged himself in the basement, his sisters (Laura Harrington and Mary Kate Schellhardt) q...