The Peanut Butter Falcon

  • 12A

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Moderate violence, threat, discrimination, infrequent strong languageA modern Mark Twain style adventure story, THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON tells the story of Zak (Zack Gottsagen), a young man with Down syndrome, who runs away from a residential nursing home to follow his dream of attending the professional wrestling school of his idol, The Salt Water Redneck (Thomas Haden Church). A strange turn of events pairs him on the road with Tyler (Shia LaBeouf), a small time outlaw on the run, who becomes Zaks unlikely coach and ally. Together they wind through deltas, elude capture, drink whisky, find God, catch fish, and convince Eleanor (Dakota Johnson), a kind nursing home employee charged with Zaks return, to join them on their journey.The Peanut Butter Falcon refuses to condescend to its star and tells a story thats authentic to the life and experiences of adults with Down Syndrome. Film ThreatBy keeping the humour rooted in the performances and only letting sentimentality creep in when necessary, Nelson and Schwartz have crafted a film that feels refreshing, unique, and emotional. The PlaylistWhat it lacks in originality it makes up for in its empathetic charm. Sometimes thats just enough. The Film StageAn odyssey audiences wont soon forget. VarietyThe Peanut Butter Falcon is charming, enveloping, and an absolute joy. The Wrap

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