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The Peanut Butter Falcon * Highly Inspiring. Never Underestimate People With Disabilities

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 the nursing home where he lives to chase his dream of becoming a professional wrestler by attending the wrestling school 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. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Ethan P. comments, “I really enjoyed this movie because it is hilarious and sweet at the same time… The moral of this movie is not to underestimate people with disabilities or mental challenges (in this case Down Syndrome), because they are more than capable to pursue any challenge, just like anybody else. They don’t see themselves as disabled. They see themselves as normal people who have dreams and goals to accomplish.” See his full review and interviews with cast and directors below.

The Peanut Butter Falcon
By Ethan P., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 10

I really enjoyed this movie because it is hilarious and sweet at the same time.  It is extremely entertaining to watch and keeps your attention the whole time.  This is an award-winning kind of movie!

The Peanut Butter Falcon is about a Down Syndrome, 20-year-old young man named Zak, who has no family and no one to take care of him, so the state is in charge and places him in a nursing home.  Zak knows he does not belong there, so he tries to escape several times with no success, until one time he does succeed.  When Zak escapes he has one goal in mind and it is to be a professional wrestler.  On his way he meets Tyler, a guy with a troubling past who also is running away from his former workers for something that he did wrong at his job.  One of Zak’s friends and volunteers at the nursing home, Eleanor, is sent from the nursing home to find and bring Zak back.

The cast for this extraordinary film is incredible.  There is Shia LaBeouf (Tyler), Dakota Johnson (Eleonor), Bruce Dern (Carl), Thomas Haden (Chris) as The Salt Water Redneck, who is Zak’s favorite wrestler in the movie, John Bernthal (Tyler’s brother) who we know as Shane from The Walking Dead, rapper Yelawolf (Ratboy) and two famous wrestlers Mick Foley (Jacob the Ref) and Jake Roberts (Sam).  Last, but not least, is Zachary Gottsagen who plays himself and has an amazing performance in this movie.  A fun fact is that Zach’s favorite wrestler, in real life, is Mick Foley who he works with in this film.  The music is great and perfect for the storytelling of this film.  The song “Running For So Long (House A Home)” by Parker Ainsworh was specially written for this movie.

My favorite scene is when Taylor and Zak are sitting by the edge of their water raft. Zak tells Taylor that he will give him all his birthday wishes because Zak knows all the things Taylor is going through in order for Zak to have his “American Dream” of meeting meet his favorite wrestler. 

The moral of this movie is not to underestimate people with disabilities or mental challenges (in this case Down Syndrome), because they are more than capable to pursue any challenge, just like anybody else. They don’t see themselves as disabled. They see themselves as normal people who have dreams and goals to accomplish.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars.  I wish I could give it 10 or more, but 5 stars is the limit.  I recommend it for ages 10 to 18.  Even though there is a lot of cussing, the drama of this film overcomes the bad words.  The Peanut Butter Falcon opens in theatres August 29, 2019.  I can’t wait to see how many awards this film gets.  Bring a box of tissues because you WILL need them!

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