Directed by: Tyler Nilson, Michael Schwartz
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, Zack Gottsagen, John Hawkes, Bruce Dern, Jon Bernthal, Thomas Haden Church
Genre: Comedy, Adventure, Drama
Release date: 09 August, 2019
Running Time: 98 Minutes
Zak runs away from his care home to make his dream of becoming a wrestler come true.
The Peanut Butter Falcon is a 2019 American comedy drama film directed and written by Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz and starring Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson and Bruce Dern.
It had its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 9, 2019. It was released on 9 August, 2019, by Roadside Attractions.
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 a nursing home where he lives to chase his dream of becoming a professional wrestler and attending the wrestling school of 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.
A young boy with Down syndrome runs away to fulfill his dream of becoming a professional wrestler.
The film was first announced in June 2017, with Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, and Bruce Dern announced for the film. In July 2017, the production was underway in Georgia, US. Later that month, John Hawkes, Jon Bernthal, and Thomas Haden Church were added to the cast, with professional wrestlers Mick Foley and Jake Roberts and rapper Yelawolf making an appearance in the film.
It had its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 09, 2019. Shortly after, Roadside Attractions acquired distribution rights to the film and set it for an 09 August, 2019, release.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 100% based on 32 reviews, with an average rating of 7.62/10. The website’s critics consensus reads, “A feelgood adventure brought to life by outstanding performances, The Peanut Butter Falcon finds rich modern resonance in classic American fiction. “On Metacritic the film has a weighted average score of 67 out of 100 based on 15 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”.
Peter Debruge of Variety called the film “a feel-good niche indie with its priorities in the right place. “Sheri Linden of The Hollywood Reporter wrote, “[Gottsagen’s] sensibility infuses the modern-day fable with an engaging forthrightness. But the unequivocal material often sticks close to the surface, and the film built around him, for all its physical sweep, can feel constricted by obviousness.”
The film received the Narrative Spotlight Audience Award at South by Southwest.
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