Title: The Peanut Butter Falcon
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Directors: Tyler Nilson, Mike Schwartz
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, Zack Gottsagen
Runtime: 1 hr 37 mins
What It Is: Zak (Gottsagen) is a young man with Downs Syndrome who dreams of being a professional wrestler like his hero The Salt Water Redneck (Thomas Haden Church). That’s a little difficult since he lives in a senior living facility. When he escapes this place he runs into outlaw Tyler (LaBeouf) who encourages him to follow his dreams while he himself escapes his rather checkered past. Zak is by no means alone though because Eleanor (Johnson) who worked at that facility is out to find him and bring him home.
What We Think: By far this is a film that I completely was enamored with. Everything about this film screams me. From the fantastic story to the stellar performances to the pro wrestling (and pro wrestlers) in the film. Shia LaBeouf continues his trek to prove he’s an insanely talented actor. You couple this with Honey Boy and the former child star is showing that through his problems he’s going to be an adult star. Dakota Johnson has shown me that maybe she CAN act. The real story here though is Zack Gottsagen. He is amazing. From the script to the shot selection there’s so much here that’s top tier and amongst the years best.
Our Grade: A+, This is one of my favorite films of the year. It also might be one of the years best. If you get a chance to see this one you HAVE to do it. Not only is it an emotionally stirring journey it is so positive and joyous at times that there’s just no denying it’ll make an impression on you. Absolutely worth your time and easy to check out as it is on VOD and Blu-Ray right now.