The Peanut Butter Falcon

The Peanut Butter Falcon

DVD - 2019 | Widescreen version
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An adventure story set in the world of a modern Mark Twain that begins when Zak, 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, a small-time outlaw on the run, becomes Zak's unlikely coach and ally.
Publisher: [United States] : Lionsgate, 2019
Edition: Widescreen version
Branch Call Number: DVD P DRAMA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 93 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1
laser optical,NTSC
video file,DVD video,region 1

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In this is modern retelling of Huckleberry Finn, 22-year-old Zak, who has Downs Syndrome, lives in a retirement home in North Carolina. He does not want to be there and plots his escape so he can train as a wrestler. Once free, he chances upon Tyler (Shia LaBeouf), a crabber on the run. The star ... Read More »


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llm1
Mar 07, 2020

Good Job everyone. That was beautifully done.

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anonymouswe
Mar 03, 2020

I could only give this film two stars out of five. Sorry, but the sweet nature of the title character, and the amazing and incredible backstory to how this film came about were not enough to overcome the horrific failures of the story and development of the other characters. I am all for suspending disbelief to go along with a story. Zak gets out, finds Tyler, who is also on the run, and they pair up in a good friendship. So far, so good. You have to suspend disbelief that is what happens in this day and age, but I'm game for a good story, let's go! Then Eleanor starts making decisions that are just IMPOSSIBLE to believe anyone in her circumstances would make and the need to suspend disbelief is stretched beyond even the imaginary abilities of suspension. Sorry, but your characters still have to ring true to be believable. There was so much of this story that I enjoyed. And you can tell Zack Gottsagen is a poor actor, but it is a wonderful thing you're watching, so you're happy to go along with it. Until Eleanor comes back into the story, and it is impossible to believe anyone in her shoes would behave like that.
Overall, I was disappointed by how much that poor story and character development ruined this film for me.

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oktexchic
Feb 25, 2020

5 Stars! I recommend watching the Bonus portion FIRST. Then you will really love this sweet movie knowing the "story" behind it.

mko123 Feb 20, 2020

A Down Syndrome teen, stuck living an a nursing home, just wants to get out so he can go to Florida to meet his favorite boxer. A down-on-his luck shrimper, reluctantly at first, lets him tag along. A memorable story that gets to the heart of what family means. Wonderful for all ages.

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NANALANG51
Feb 09, 2020

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and recommend it. It made me think and smile and laugh watching a lifestyle that is not familiar to me. The actors were excellent in their roles and the plot kept me interested from beginning to end. A great movie!

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DHahn
Jan 30, 2020

Really sweet and funny. A solid project.

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jackalopeala
Jan 25, 2020

Just watch & smile. Dakota Johnson, Shia LaBeouf, Thomas Haden Church are all great but Zack Gottsagen carries the movie. Thanks to the writers who made this happen. #chosenfamily 💖

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LibSandi
Jan 13, 2020

Great fresh take on the journey narrative. Heartwarming. Solid acting. Highly recommended.

JCLBrittanyC Jan 10, 2020

Shia LaBeouf is making his come back, and this movie proves it. In this you
follow Zak, a man with Down Syndrome who runs away from his residual
nursing home to pursue his dream of becoming a professional wrestler (WWE
style). At the beginning of Zak’s journey, he meets Tyler, a free spirit outlaw,
who takes him in and becomes his coach and friend. The connection made
between Zak and Tyler is incredible, and leaves your heart feeling so warm.
This film definitely has some Mark Twain vibes to it, so if you are looking for
something that has a bit of classic, old school adventure, definitely give this
one a shot. At the end, I can guarantee you will be smiling!

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graybear1
Jan 08, 2020

Rather like a cross between Huckleberry Finn and Rain Man. We enjoyed it a lot. Has some very good moral messages without being at all preachy. Humor, pathos, friendship, romance... What more could you want in a story. The acting was pretty good too, especially Shia LaBeouf as Tyler.

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Jan 26, 2020

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