Who Has Eaten Gilbert’s Grape?


Big girl out of Gilbert's Grape

This was one of those DVDs that come free with a newspaper – I can’t remember which one. Anyway, it dropped out of the paper and landed on my floor. ‘Have you seen this?’ my good lady asks me.‘I haven’t’, I reply. ‘Any good?’‘It’s not bad at all’.And so, one Saturday evening after a few drinks, we settled down to watch it.

From the title, which, lest we forget, is ‘Who Has Eaten Gilbert’s Grape?’, one would assume that this was some kind of mystery thriller. It’s an open ended question. I expected some kind of murder-mystery scenario based around the premise that someone had stolen Johnny Depp’s fruit snack. I hoped this mystery would be resolved. It wasn’t, at least, not explicitly. This film calls for an intelligent and questioning viewer.

After one hour and forty five minutes of watching an obese lady hugging a mentally deficient and snotty Leonardo DiCaprio I was growing annoyed. When would the grape appear? And why on Earth was Depp canoodling with Mary Steenburgen? Why was this Hollywood superstar hanging around with an insane family of oddballs? And who had removed Leo’s brain?

Finally, towards the closing moments, the loose ends began to tie up.

The obese woman who broke the floorboards, it would seem (though we never graphically saw evidence) ate the grape. I think Johnny Depp must have poisoned it, as she died as a result. He then set fire to her and they all celebrated by going somewhere nicer.

Worth watching if you are a fan of twisty turny grape-theft films that leave you utterly bewildered.

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8 Responses to “Who Has Eaten Gilbert’s Grape?”

  1. Sky Jordan Says:

    I believe the film you watched was actually called “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?” and is an emotional yet funny look at how a person’s life can be changed by a simple event, agaisnt the odds

    I love it and would recommend it to anybody!

  2. Swineshead Says:

    Sky – you are wrong.

  3. Anaïs Says:

    oh i love you.

    not in that way you must understand but in a ‘i’m sitting in my house with the heating broken, trying to calm a 3 month old baby whilst wrapped in about 6 layers of clothing and have warmed up ever so slightly thanks to the brilliance that is your mind making me laugh’ way.

    keep it up, my friend, keep it up.

  4. Corpse Says:


    It seems that the world’s film watchers have gotten so used to having the “real” meaning shoved in their faces that they are unable to watch a movie that makes them use the brain that was ever so convienently given them. If we are so used to being hand fed the story line and all of its components, then I am sure that we need the next Saw installment or perhaps another of the endless Star Wars.

  5. Swineshead Says:

    So from this we can conclude that Anais understands irony whilst Corpse does not.

  6. Cassie Says:

    I thought that “What’s eating Gilbert Grape” was by far one of the best movies I have ever seen in reguards to “real life” falimies. I LOVE this movie!

  7. piqued Says:

    ‘reguards’ ‘falimies’


  8. VCB Says:

    This movie is extremely well written. There was some serious thought put into each characters personality, including Momma’s. There are a lot of families out there dealing with some of the same problems. Handicap child and/or parent. Child steps up to take the lead. That’s freak’n poignant!

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