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The Peanut Butter Falcon
Directors: Tyler Nilson, Michael Schwartz
Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, Zack Gottsagen
Time: 97 minutes, USA, 2019, 12A
Zak, a 22-year-old wrestling enthusiast with Down Syndrome, lives in a retirement home because the state has nowhere else for him. After numerous failed attempts, he finally breaks out and heads cross-country to find his favourite wrestler, The Salt Water Redneck.
Stowing away in the boat of a troubled outlaw named Tyler, Zak manages to convince Tyler to help him get to a wrestling school run by his hero. The two set off on an adventure through the stunning North Carolina Outer Banks. Along the way they hunt, fish, drink and share their secrets. But hot on their heels is nursing home volunteer Eleanor, sent to bring Zak home.
This modern-day Huckleberry Finn type drama is a pure, feel-good adventure.
SXSW Film Festival 2019
BFI London Film Festival 2019
Kerry Film Festival 2019
Winner – Audience Award, SXSW Film Festival 2019
“ … an odyssey audiences won’t soon forget.” – Peter Debruge, Variety
“★★★★ … Deeply textured, deeply felt Americana.” – Tara Brady, The Irish Times
“★★★★ … harks back to the ragged romanticism of a Huck Finn adventure … this shambling buddy movie really works.”
– Wendy Ide, The Observer