While Benny & Joon is technically an early 1990s rom-com — a time and genre not necessarily known for quality — it packs a wallop of charm and oddball sincerity. It’s the only love story I know that rivals Harold and Maude in kooky sweetness, and it’s impossible to pass the two hours without wanting to jump into the screen. The house by the river, filled to the brim with paintings and vintage quirk, almost steals the show from a young Johnny Depp. Almost.
1. Wool Felt Fedora, $36; 2. Milkshake Maker, $46; 3. Vintage Mid-Century Lamp, $38; 4. Windsor Paintbrush, $2; 5. Tapioca Pudding, $5; 6. Hanging Geranium, $50; 7. Canvas Wingtip Oxfords, $25; 8. Silver Heart Locket, $105; 9. 1940s Bar Stool, $1200; 10. Judy Jackson Vases, $38 each
The second set of stills and another roundup continue after the jump…
It’s not just a love story between a Buster Keaton wannabe and a mentally-ill painter; it’s a match made in heaven between mid-century and 1990s goodness. Once it all goes through the paint-splashed crazy cycle, it comes out all the more covetable. But an ironed grilled cheese made by the loving hands of Mr. Depp? I’d pay any price.
1. Studio Days Easel, $2100; 2. Alvin Oil Paints, $13; 3. Factory Pendant, $298; 4. Grilled Cheese, $13; 5. Black and Decker Iron, $25; 6. Pinched Vase, $16; 7. Windsor Chair, $130; 8. Boombox, $45; 9. Wooden Palette, $5; 10. Deck of Cards, $1.25