History Film / WhatsEatingGilbertGrape

12th Sep '16 1:10:20 PM maximsk
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Gilbert ends up chaffing against his role as the new man of the house, along with having to find his way through romantic tensions with a married woman, preparations for a grand party for Arnie's 18th Birthday, his morbidly obese mother's declining health, and worrying about his future career.

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Gilbert ends up chaffing chafing against his role as the new man of the house, along with having to find his way through romantic tensions with a married woman, preparations for a grand party for Arnie's 18th Birthday, his morbidly obese mother's declining health, and worrying about his future career.
2nd Aug '16 8:12:21 PM dpisel01
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* LetThePastBurn: The family's solution to [[spoiler: how to deal with their dead mother's immovably heavy corpse]] at the end of the film. The protagonists light the house on fire to burn [[spoiler: along with their deceased morbidly obese mother who is on the top floor, as this is the only way to dispose of her body without public humiliation]]. In this case the fire symbolises protection.

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* LetThePastBurn: The family's solution to [[spoiler: how to deal with their dead mother's immovably heavy corpse]] corpse at the end of the film. The protagonists light the house on fire to burn [[spoiler: along with their deceased morbidly obese mother who is on the top floor, as this is the only way to dispose of her body without public humiliation]]. humiliation. In this case the fire symbolises protection.protection.
* TheLoad: Arnie is developmentally disabled and constantly causes nothing but trouble for the family. Bonnie also qualifies, as she is morbidly obese and can't really do too much of anything.



** Also done with [[spoiler:Gilbert and Arnie]], who look to leave the town with [[spoiler:Becky and her grandma]] when the latter two revisit the town in their trailer.

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** Also done with [[spoiler:Gilbert Gilbert and Arnie]], Arnie, who look to leave the town with [[spoiler:Becky Becky and her grandma]] grandma when the latter two revisit the town in their trailer.
1st Jun '16 9:26:08 PM Mdumas43073
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4th Nov '15 4:14:11 PM Bergamot
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* MrsRobinson: Betty Carver, who has been having an affair with Gilbert since shortly after he graduated high school.
24th Aug '15 10:39:55 PM NWolfman
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* HeReallyCanAct: Darlene Cates, aka Bonnie Grape, was cast after appearing as a guest on the Sally Jessy Raphael Show because director Lasse Holstrom could not find a professional actress big enough to play the part. Her role was expanded due to her surprising ability to act, despite having no experience (watch the scene in which Bonnie Grape confronts the Sheriff at the police station for a quick and powerful example).
31st Jul '15 1:00:12 AM arsepoetica
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* ActuallyPrettyGood: Darlene Cates, aka Bonnie Grape, was cast after appearing as a guest on the Sally Jessy Raphael Show because director Lasse Holstrom could not find a professional actress big enough to play the part. Her role was expanded due to her surprising ability to act, despite having no experience (watch the scene in which Bonnie Grape confronts the Sheriff at the police station for a quick and powerful example).


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* HeReallyCanAct: Darlene Cates, aka Bonnie Grape, was cast after appearing as a guest on the Sally Jessy Raphael Show because director Lasse Holstrom could not find a professional actress big enough to play the part. Her role was expanded due to her surprising ability to act, despite having no experience (watch the scene in which Bonnie Grape confronts the Sheriff at the police station for a quick and powerful example).
31st Jul '15 12:57:26 AM arsepoetica
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* ActuallyPrettyGood: Darlene Cates, aka Bonnie Grape, was cast after appearing as a guest on the Sally Jessy Raphael Show because director Lasse Holstrom could not find a professional actress big enough to play the part. Her role was expanded due to her surprising ability to act, despite having no experience (watch the scene in which Bonnie Grape confronts the Sheriff at the police station for a quick and powerful example).
24th Apr '15 4:21:05 PM TheBigBopper
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* YourCheatingHeart

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* YourCheatingHeartYourCheatingHeart: Mrs. Carver cheats on her husband with Gilbert.
24th Apr '15 4:18:06 PM TheBigBopper
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One of the main difficulties the family is having concerns Arnie Grape (played by Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio), who is developmentally disabled which creates a great deal of problems for everyone involved, especially the multiple times he climbs the town water tower and refuses to get down for everyone, except his brother Gilbert.

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One of the main difficulties the family is having concerns Arnie Grape (played by Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio), who is developmentally disabled which creates a great deal of problems for everyone involved, especially the multiple times he climbs the town water tower and refuses to get come down for everyone, anyone except his brother Gilbert.
15th Jan '15 10:50:21 AM creader
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* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Ellen Grape

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* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Ellen GrapeGrape.



** YMMV: Her bitter tone makes it perfectly clear that she is not at all happy about it.
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