When fellow journalist Isabella recommended the movie What’s Eating Gilbert Grape on Netflix, I was very intrigued by the title. I had never heard of this movie before, so I knew it would be the perfect thing to watch while in quarantine.
The movie takes place in the small, boring town of Endora. The plot follows a boy named Gilbert Grape and his role in taking care of his family. His younger brother, Arnie, has autism, and doctors always assumed he would not live past the age of 10. Gilbert’s father left their family 17 years ago, so he has taken on some responsibilities. This traumatic life event caused their mother to go into shock, turning to food for comfort. Now obese, Gilbert takes care of Arnie, his mother and his two sisters.
This movie is heartfelt and keeps you interested throughout the entire 2 hours. It also exemplifies the importance of family, which is an important narrative during this time of social distancing.