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The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 23 August 2019 (USA)
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Zak runs away from his care home to make his dream of becoming a wrestler come true.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Zack Gottsagen ... Zak (as Zachary Gottsagen)
Ann Owens Ann Owens ... Rosemary
Dakota Johnson ... Eleanor
Bruce Dern ... Carl
Shia LaBeouf ... Tyler
Thomas Haden Church ... Salt Water Redneck
Rob Thomas Rob Thomas ... Winkie
Jon Bernthal ... Mark
Tim Zajaros ... Orderly
John Hawkes ... Duncan
Yelawolf ... Ratboy
Jonathan D. Williams ... Craig (as Jonathan Williams)
Deja Dee ... Janice
Lee Spencer ... Glen
Mark Helms ... Trucker
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The Peanut Butter Falcon is an adventure story set in the world of a modern Mark Twain that begins when Zak (22), a young man with Down syndrome, runs away from the nursing home where he lives to chase his dream of becoming a professional wrestler by attending the wrestling school The Salt Water Redneck. Through circumstances beyond their control Tyler (32), a small-time outlaw on the run, becomes Zak's unlikely coach and ally. Together they wind through deltas, elude capture, drink whisky, find God, catch fish, and convince Eleanor (28), a kind nursing home employee with a story of her own, to join them on their journey. Written by Lucky Treehouse

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic content, language throughout, some violence and smoking | See all certifications »

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Trivia

On July 30, 2019, the Ruderman Family Foundation honored this movie with its Seal of Authentic Representation for accurate depictions of people with disabilities. See more »

Goofs

When Tyler (Shia LaBeouf) is in the convenience store the store clerk pulls a half full jug of moonshine from under the counter and takes a drink. He then hands the jug to Tyler and suddenly the jug is nearly full. See more »

Quotes

Zak: Tyler, I am going to give you all of my wishes for my birthday.
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Where the Wild Flowers Grow
Written and Performed by Ola Belle Reed
Courtesy of Concord
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Pure and authentic
28 September 2019 | by austin0731See all my reviews

The Peanut Butter Falcon is a movie about a young man with down syndrome, Zak who runs away to try to achieve his dreams of becoming a wrestler. I really enjoyed this film for what it represented, it is the few times like this where cinema can provide not only an entertaining experience but an experience that goes well beyond that where the beauty of this artform lies. The Peanut Butter Falcon is a story about belief, family and the pureness of hearts.

I think the movie wonderfully casted Shia Labeouf and Dakota Johnson, both actors have faced their fair share of controversy. Dakota Johnson, known mostly from her involvement in the infamous fifty Shades of Grey franchise gets to show her reserved side and gives a sophisticated performance that washes away all the negative reputation from her previous film roles. Shia Labeouf on the other hand has a much greater lesson learned from his involvement here. Starting off as a child actor and getting fame from being in the Transformers franchise, it has been a while since he has been in a major film role; becoming an internet meme certainly has not supported that downwards spiral in his career. It seemed like for a moment there Labeouf's career in Hollywood is at the end of the line, but this movie, seeing his character's transformation just by being with the incredible presence of Zak brings a newfound authenticity to his performance. There is something raw and transformative in his role here that almost goes beyond the fictional on screen character but almost seems to show his real life turn.

The film centers around wrestling and as a wrestling fan I would like to share my perspective on the matter. Wrestling has had its days in the early 90s but since then it has been seen as overly choreographed, gimmicked or even childish. After the so-called 'kayfabe' has gone wrestling fans are constantly being challenged with 'don't you know that it is fake?'That age old question that we all love, I think The Peanut Butter Falcon handles this very well, in discussing the theme of authenticity, dreams and beliefs. Incorporating Zak's childlike nature and imagination into the notion that in wrestling, its truly about conveying belief. Wrestling is not about fooling the fans into believing in something that is not true, but to pull out the real and authentic emotions by a delicately choreographed performance between two performers. Which is why oftentimes the best matches and storylines are those that incorporate the real lives and events of the wrestler.

The Peanut Butter Falcon smartly deals with this, and presents it in a way that is so pure and heartfelt, overall it was a very enjoyable and feel good type movie. So, unless you hate having that warm fuzzy feeling that gives you that uncontrollable grin, this movie is for you.


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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 2019 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Savannah, Georgia, USA

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Budget:

$6,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$204,793, 11 August 2019

Gross USA:

$20,457,151

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,022,343
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