The Peanut Butter Falcon

The Peanut Butter Falcon

The Peanut Butter Falcon

Feelgood drama starring newcomer Zack Gottsagen, Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson and John Hawkes.

Zak (Gottsagen) is a Down syndrome person who runs away from his nursing home in North Carolina to chase his dream of becoming a professional wrestler. Along the way, he unexpectedly befriends Tyler (LaBeouf), also on the run, but for all the wrong reasons. Together, they wind through deltas, elude Zak's overprotective carer (Johnson), drink moonshine, catch fish, and search for a wrestling training camp run by Zak's idol, the Salt Water Redneck.

2020Rating: M, Coarse language96 minsUSA
ComedyDramaFestival & Independent
89%
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Reviews & comments

Supremely heartwarming and wholesome. Great performances from both Shia LaBeouf and (special mention to) Zack Gottsagen. Also very funny and a bit of a tear-jerker.

4.0

From Trauma comes connections

Highly recommended movie - I too recommend it. Great little story line - simple. Heart strings, compassion, reality and the indignity of a youth locked up in a retirement home. The journey of escape to finding a family was truly believable. Stellar performances from the cast. A positive movie.

5.0

Watchable and definitely a feelgood movie

The Peanut Butter Falcon is definitely a feel good movie that the whole family can watch, some family will be happy with it, but for me I felt a little letdown by it leaving the movie theatre asking myself whether I did actually enjoy it.

3.0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

...a parable on the outsider, with a lot of healthy rumination of disability in the mix, but like the best efforts, it doesn’t make a big show of ‘daring to talk about it’.

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

Eleanor's romance with Tyler isn't exactly credible. But then credibility isn't exactly the point and it's pleasant enough to go along for the ride.

3.0
Newshub

Newshub

press

This little film comes with a big heart. It's also one of those almost tactile films where you can nearly touch and smell and feel everything on screen - the courageous intimacy feeds an understated narrative, giving room for the performances to drive home the emotion.

New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

press

Despite its predictable, crowd-pleasing narrative and some fairly broad character types, this independent first feature charms its audience with universally fine performances from its leads, supported by Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey), Bruce Dern and indie favourite John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone).

Stuff

Stuff

press

The Peanut Butter Falcon is the very definition of a truly feel-good movie. It is smart, witty and never panders to, or patronises, its audience.

4.0
The Times

The Times

press

Like a Disney family drama from TV times past, this feelgood road movie is so homely, so warm and fuzzy, and so darn wholesome that it's almost too much.

3.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

The Peanut Butter Falcon isn't shy of pushing your buttons, but the overall effect has an innocent charm and frankness, and LaBeouf brings a winning combination of toughness and soul.

3.0
IndieWire

IndieWire

press

Saves the worst for last, as the plot kicks into gear during the third act and blunts the film's delicate emotional texture into a contrived drumbeat of dull choices.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

LaBeouf brings the soul to "The Peanut Butter Falcon," while Gottsagen brings the spirit. He has an undeniably charming screen presence, and the actor takes to this starring role with gusto.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Gottsagen is a disarming performer who creates a sweet and funny character.

A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Sure, Scarlett Johansson could probably have played the role (as well as any of the trees in the background). But if you seek a good example of why diversity in casting and conception makes for a richer cinema landscape, look no further.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

LaBeouf holds the screen with natural allure, making every twinge of his character's self-reproach, and every instant of his dawning joy, achingly felt. His nuanced performance propels this journey.

Variety

Variety

press

A feel-good niche indie with its priorities in the right place.

FilmInk

FilmInk

press

...a parable on the outsider, with a lot of healthy rumination of disability in the mix, but like the best efforts, it doesn’t make a big show of ‘daring to talk about it’.

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

Eleanor's romance with Tyler isn't exactly credible. But then credibility isn't exactly the point and it's pleasant enough to go along for the ride.

3.0
Newshub

Newshub

press

This little film comes with a big heart. It's also one of those almost tactile films where you can nearly touch and smell and feel everything on screen - the courageous intimacy feeds an understated narrative, giving room for the performances to drive home the emotion.

New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

press

Despite its predictable, crowd-pleasing narrative and some fairly broad character types, this independent first feature charms its audience with universally fine performances from its leads, supported by Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey), Bruce Dern and indie favourite John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone).

Stuff

Stuff

press

The Peanut Butter Falcon is the very definition of a truly feel-good movie. It is smart, witty and never panders to, or patronises, its audience.

4.0
The Times

The Times

press

Like a Disney family drama from TV times past, this feelgood road movie is so homely, so warm and fuzzy, and so darn wholesome that it's almost too much.

3.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

The Peanut Butter Falcon isn't shy of pushing your buttons, but the overall effect has an innocent charm and frankness, and LaBeouf brings a winning combination of toughness and soul.

3.0
IndieWire

IndieWire

press

Saves the worst for last, as the plot kicks into gear during the third act and blunts the film's delicate emotional texture into a contrived drumbeat of dull choices.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

LaBeouf brings the soul to "The Peanut Butter Falcon," while Gottsagen brings the spirit. He has an undeniably charming screen presence, and the actor takes to this starring role with gusto.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Gottsagen is a disarming performer who creates a sweet and funny character.

A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Sure, Scarlett Johansson could probably have played the role (as well as any of the trees in the background). But if you seek a good example of why diversity in casting and conception makes for a richer cinema landscape, look no further.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

LaBeouf holds the screen with natural allure, making every twinge of his character's self-reproach, and every instant of his dawning joy, achingly felt. His nuanced performance propels this journey.

Variety

Variety

press

A feel-good niche indie with its priorities in the right place.

Supremely heartwarming and wholesome. Great performances from both Shia LaBeouf and (special mention to) Zack Gottsagen. Also very funny and a bit of a tear-jerker.

4.0

From Trauma comes connections

Highly recommended movie - I too recommend it. Great little story line - simple. Heart strings, compassion, reality and the indignity of a youth locked up in a retirement home. The journey of escape to finding a family was truly believable. Stellar performances from the cast. A positive movie.

5.0

Watchable and definitely a feelgood movie

The Peanut Butter Falcon is definitely a feel good movie that the whole family can watch, some family will be happy with it, but for me I felt a little letdown by it leaving the movie theatre asking myself whether I did actually enjoy it.

3.0