Captain Fantastic

Captain Fantastic

Matt Ross (2016)

114min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Viggo Mortensen leads the charge in a spirited road movie about a family of social justice warriors from actor-turned-writer/director Matt Ross. The kids, illegally home-schooled, run the risk of being taken into care to attend their late mother's funeral, and the dynamics create a bittersweet feel-good comedy that ticks plenty of boxes - cool dad, cute kids and lots of "sticking it to The Man" - but it doesn't hold up to very much scrutiny. Mortensen plays Ben, the radically left-wing father of six, who keeps his brood out in the wild, teaching them about art and literature but mostly survival. Their mother's death is the catalyst that brings them all out of hiding and into contact not just with the outside world but Ben's rich, right-wing father-in-law Jack (Frank Langella) as well. The young cast are smart and likeable, shepherded by the reliably charismatic Mortensen. But the film's commercial ambitions undermine the political points it's attempting to score. Indeed, it's hard to see what the mainstream will make of a film that makes fun of mass-market consumerism and has its heroes shun Christmas to celebrate Noam Chomsky Day.

Summary

A father raises his six children off the grid in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, creating a rigorous physical and intellectual process of education for them. He faces the challenge of reintegrating his family into society, a task that challenges his idea of what it means to be a parent. Comedy drama, starring Viggo Mortensen and Frank Langella.

Cast & Crew

Ben Cash Viggo Mortensen
Jack Frank Langella
Bodevan George MacKay
Kielyr Samantha Isler
Vespyr Annalise Basso
Rellian Nicholas Hamilton
Nai Charlie Shotwell
Leslie Cash Trin Miller
Claire Erin Moriarty
Ellen Missi Pyle
Harper Kathryn Hahn
Dave Steve Zahn
Director Matt Ross
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Entertainment OneGuidance: SwearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 9 Sep 2016
Drama Comedy