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* CloudcuckoolandersMinder: Benny, to his sister Joon.


In this 1993 film, a mentally ill young woman finds her love in an eccentric man who models himself after Creator/BusterKeaton.

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In this A 1993 film, comedy-drama film directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik, in which a mentally ill young woman finds her love in an eccentric man who models himself after Creator/BusterKeaton.


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* FemaleGaze: One of the first shots we see of Sam is him bending over in tight pants to do a spinning plate trick, with a noticeable (though not gratuitous) close-up of his rear.

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* {{Adorkable}}: Sam, full stop.

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* OhCrap: [[https://youtu.be/3ecWQO4RtcM?t=58 Benny's expression]] when he sees [[spoiler:Sam swinging by Joon's window, several stories up]] is priceless.

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* MagicalRealism: It is a relatively realistic world, but there are a couple of things that Sam does that defies explanation, that would be at home in a silent movie.


* CharlieChaplinShoutOut: Depp, a Chaplin enthusiast, stated that it took him several weeks to get the bread roll dance he performs in this movie (a shout-out to Film/TheGoldRush) down perfectly, including all the little head movements and everything (Chaplin, being an almost obsessive perfectionist, would probably also have spent weeks getting the entire routine down perfectly).



* ShoutOut: Johnny Depp's character, Sam, is a walking tribute to Creator/BusterKeaton. He also reenacts Creator/CharlieChaplin's bread roll dance from ''Film/TheGoldRush'' at one point. Depp, a Chaplin enthusiast, stated that it took him several weeks to get the entire routine down perfectly, including all the little head movements and everything (Chaplin, being an almost obsessive perfectionist, would probably also have spent weeks getting the entire routine down perfectly).

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* ShoutOut: Johnny Depp's character, Sam, is a walking tribute to Creator/BusterKeaton. He also reenacts Creator/CharlieChaplin's bread roll dance from ''Film/TheGoldRush'' at one point. Depp, a Chaplin enthusiast, stated that it took him several weeks to get the entire routine down perfectly, including all the little head movements and everything (Chaplin, being an almost obsessive perfectionist, would probably also have spent weeks getting the entire routine down perfectly).


Joon (Mary Stuart Masterson) is smart, creative and pretty -- and severely schizophrenic. She lives together with her protective brother Benny (Aidan Quinn). When Joon "wins" the eccentric, mentally disabled Sam (Creator/JohnnyDepp) during a poker game, Benny reluctantly agrees to let Sam stay with them for a while.

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Joon (Mary Stuart Masterson) is smart, creative and pretty -- and severely schizophrenic. She lives together with her protective brother Benny (Aidan Quinn). When Joon "wins" the eccentric, eccentric and possibly mentally disabled Sam (Creator/JohnnyDepp) during a poker game, Benny reluctantly agrees to let Sam stay with them for a while.



* AmbiguousDisorder: While Joon is stated to be schizophrenic, Sam appears to be not so far behind her. Beyond trying to be a real life silent movie character, it's shown he can't read or write either. He likely just hasn't been diagnosed with anything.

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* AmbiguousDisorder: While Joon is stated to be schizophrenic, Sam appears to be not so far behind her. It's hard to tell what are just eccentricities and what is a genuine harmful condition. Beyond trying to be a real life silent movie character, it's shown he can't read or write either. He likely just hasn't been diagnosed with anything.anything, but at the very least has some sort of learning difference.


In this 1993 film, a mentally ill young woman finds her love in an eccentric man who models himself after BusterKeaton.

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In this 1993 film, a mentally ill young woman finds her love in an eccentric man who models himself after BusterKeaton.
Creator/BusterKeaton.



* NiceHat: Sam wears one in homage to Buster Keaton.

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* NiceHat: Sam wears one in homage to Buster Keaton.Creator/BusterKeaton.



* ShoutOut: Johnny Depp's character, Sam, is a walking tribute to BusterKeaton. He also reenacts Creator/CharlieChaplin's bread roll dance from ''Film/TheGoldRush'' at one point. Depp, a Chaplin enthusiast, stated that it took him several weeks to get the entire routine down perfectly, including all the little head movements and everything (Chaplin, being an almost obsessive perfectionist, would probably also have spent weeks getting the entire routine down perfectly).

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* ShoutOut: Johnny Depp's character, Sam, is a walking tribute to BusterKeaton.Creator/BusterKeaton. He also reenacts Creator/CharlieChaplin's bread roll dance from ''Film/TheGoldRush'' at one point. Depp, a Chaplin enthusiast, stated that it took him several weeks to get the entire routine down perfectly, including all the little head movements and everything (Chaplin, being an almost obsessive perfectionist, would probably also have spent weeks getting the entire routine down perfectly).


* AmbiguousDisorder: While Joon is stated to be schizophrenic, Sam appears to be not so far behind her. Beyond trying to be a real life silent movie character, it's shown he can't read or write either.

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* AmbiguousDisorder: While Joon is stated to be schizophrenic, Sam appears to be not so far behind her. Beyond trying to be a real life silent movie character, it's shown he can't read or write either. He likely just hasn't been diagnosed with anything.


Sam and Joon inevitably fall in love, and as they try to set up a life together, the darker side of Joon's schizophrenia comes to light. Still, Sam refuses to give up, despite Benny flat-out telling him that Joon would never be fit for an adult relationship.

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Sam and Joon inevitably fall in love, and as they try to set up a life together, the darker side of Joon's schizophrenia comes to light. Still, Sam refuses to give up, despite Benny flat-out telling him that Joon would never be fit for an adult relationship.relationship.


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* AmbiguousDisorder: While Joon is stated to be schizophrenic, Sam appears to be not so far behind her. Beyond trying to be a real life silent movie character, it's shown he can't read or write either.


* DashinglyDapperDerby: Sam wears one in homage to Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin.


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* NiceHat: Sam wears one in homage to Buster Keaton.

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* DashinglyDapperDerby: Sam wears one in homage to Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin.

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