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“The Peanut Butter Falcon” creates understanding and compassion in an unlikely hero

August 22nd, 2019 Posted by Review 0 thoughts on ““The Peanut Butter Falcon” creates understanding and compassion in an unlikely hero”

Zak runs away from his care home to make his dream of becoming a wrestler come true.
Written and directed by Tyler Wilson and Michael Schwartz
Starring Shia LaBeouf, Zack Gottsagen, and Dakota Johnson

If you’re looking for an inspiring, uplifting, and inclusive film, this is it! Zak (Zack Gottsagen) has Down’s Syndrome, is a ward of the state and living in a nursing home.  He wants more from life and after watching countless hours of his wrestling hero, The Saltwater Redneck (Thomas Haden Church), he escapes thanks to his roommate’s (Bruce Dern) help.  Meeting the troubled fisherman, Tyler (Shia LaBeouf), Zak begins to live life like never before.

The message within the film is readily apparent, but never too much.  It’s NOT a Hallmark movie! As Tyler treats Zak like anyone else who has certain strengths and weaknesses, we see this young man in a different light.  Their relationship is incredibly genuine and heartwarming, both of them helping one another in the most unlikely ways.  This is one of LaBeouf’s most authentic roles, creating a realistic yet flawed character with a heart and a troubled past.  Gottsagen’s performance is incredible as he captures our hearts with his smile and us to see who Zak truly is.   The all-star cast is an indication that the message this film sends is an important one as its beauty  has the power to change our perception of others in a positive way.

3 1/2 out of 4 Stars



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