In scene which is ABSOLUTELY NOT A PLOT DEVICE AND COMPLETELY BELIEVABLE, We learn that Benny enjoys spending time with a group of guys playing a special poker game, the stakes of which are not money. I know, I know. I thought an orgy, too, but sadly, the fact that there were no orgies was only one of the many ways that Benny and Joon disappointed me. Joon, who was permitted to join the game because wackiness, loses a bet against Benny's good buddy, Mike, and Mike's Cousin Sam (Depp), comes to live with Benny and Joon as Joon's Housekeeper. So, in a third of a movie, we've gone from deeply neglected mental illness to human trafficking, but, man, are these kids cute as the dickens, or what? Did I mention that Sam is illiterate? OMG, you guys, we are exactly one online porn addiction and one Annette O'Toole away from a really kick-ass TV movie.
But, Sam has other plans, for example, getting down in the biblical sense with Joon while Benny is away pursuing some tired-ass subplot with a waitress played by a pre-EVERYTHING Julianne Moore. Benny keeps on with his pestering Sam about his career, and Joon gets pissed and lets slip the fact that she and Sam are now romantically involved. Benny flips shit and throws Sam out because now he cares very deeply for his sister, not like before when he would just let any guy he won in a poker game be her number one caretaker, not protecting her from physical and emtional experiences that she might not be able to metabolize in her state, even if they are with DREAMY, DREAMY FLOPPY HAIRED SAM.
I mean. Yeah. Look, in the Say Something Nice Challenge, I guess it was cool, for one brief, shinning moment, for Johnny Depp to have a romantic lead who was roughly his age. Now, if Mary Stewart Masterson were still working, she would be cast as the frail Nana to Johnny Depp's new romantic lead, Elle Fanning. So, that was a nice touch, maybe, for 22 years ago. (clears throat.) Well.