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The Peanut Butter Falcon

  • Drama
  • Action
  • 2019
  • Tyler Nilson
  • 93 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Coming-of-age road movie starring Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson and Zack Gottsagen. Zak, a young man with Down's syndrome, is intent on becoming a professional wrestler and decides to escape from his the nursing home. He befriends fisherman Tyler and the pair chart a course down the Mississippi river, towards a wrestling school in Florida. Meanwhile, sympathetic care assistant Eleanor is hot on their trail.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

First-time writer/directors Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz vowed to create a vehicle for Zack Gottsagen (who has Down's syndrome) after meeting him at a camp for disabled actors. And in this latter-day variation on Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, they consistently play to Gottsagen's strengths as Zak, a young man who escapes from his residential home in North Carolina in the hope of following in the footsteps of his wrestling hero, Salt Water Redneck (Thomas Haden Church). He finds a reluctant travelling companion-cum-protector in Tyler (Shia LaBeouf), a resourceful rascal seeking to evade the clutches of crab fisherman Duncan (John Hawkes) after stealing his catch. The whimsy lapses into sentimentality in places, and Dakota Johnson is sold somewhat short as Zak's compassionate carer. But her rapport with Gottsagen is as effective as LaBeouf's, while Nigel Bluck's widescreen waterscapes are sublime.

Credits

Cast

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TylerShia LaBeouf
EleanorDakota Johnson
DuncanJohn Hawkes
CarlBruce Dern
ZakZack Gottsagen
MarkJon Bernthal
Clint / The Salt Water RedneckThomas Haden Church
RatboyYelawolf

Crew

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DirectorTyler Nilson
DirectorMike Schwartz (2)

Details

Theatrical distributor
Signature
Released on
2019-10-18
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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