Zak (Zack Gottsagen), a young man with Down syndrome, runs away from his nursing home in order to attend the wrestling school of his idol, The Salt Water Redneck (Thomas Haden Church). In his odyssey across the Southeast, he joins forces with an on-the-run fisherman Tyler (Shia LaBeouf). Together they navigate obstacles by boat while being pursued by nursing home employee Eleanor (Dakota Johnson). Directed by Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz. Bruce Dern, Jon Bernthal and John Hawkes co-star.~Kaitlin Elise Miller
Zack's Story: The Making of The Peanut Butter Falcon
Some people might be turned off by the title of this film or the nature of this film.
The plot of this movie is rather unique and filled with plenty of unique characters.
Shia shines in the movie. The reason I say that is because he accepts the main character (who has a disability) for who he is. And encourages him to chase after his dream instead of staying put to where he isn't feeling loved.
Dakota is absolutely amazing and loving. She starts off to find the main character to bring him back to the place he feels unloved, but as the film develops she realizes on how happy he is.
Overall this movie is about finding people in your life that are your people...your tribe. People who will accept you for who you are and encourage you to do what you want to do, but also displaying care when worried.
The Peanutbutter Falcon is the story of a young man living in an institution with down syndrome whose path collides with another young man played by Shia LeBouff as they embark on a journey together to realize the young man with down syndrome's dream of becoming a professional wrestler. It's a funny and heartwarming film that never feels too schmaltzy nor does it condescend its lead character. This is a gem that is worth anyone's time and this blu ray offers a great presentation and is generally too affordable to pass up!
I had seen this movie at an independent theater where international, independent and foreign movies are featured. I am glad to see it available but budget constrictions probably limited it to blu-ray format. The movie is worth the cost.
We loved this movie! As a family of 5 with 2 teenagers and 1 tween it is really tough to find a movie that is appropriate and enjoyable for all of us. This movie is one of our new favorites! Highly recommend!