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The Peanut Butter Falcon

This screening took place on
Monday, January 13, 2020 at 6:00pm
Yukon Arts Centre

This feelgood comedy is so wonderful, we're showing it again! Cause, January in the Yukon.

A modern Mark Twain style adventure story, THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON tells the story of Zak (Zack Gottsagen), a young man with Down syndrome, who runs away from a residential nursing home to follow his dream of attending the professional wrestling school of his idol, The Salt Water Redneck (Thomas Haden Church).

A strange turn of events pairs him on the road with Tyler (Shia LaBeouf), a small time outlaw on the run, who becomes Zak's unlikely coach and ally. Together they wind through deltas, elude capture, drink whisky, find God, catch fish, and convince Eleanor (Dakota Johnson), a kind nursing home employee charged with Zak's return, to join them on their journey.

"Go in expecting the best and you’ll come out smiling." Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

 

CommonSenseMedia Says: 13+ Parents need to know that The Peanut Butter Falcon is an empowering road/buddy movie with themes of kindness and empathy. It's also powerful from a representation standpoint, as it centers on a character with Down syndrome (Zack Gottsagen). That said, some of the material is fairly mature. Viewers will see guns and shooting, violent wrestling sequences (with some blood), a character punching a kid, a knife held to someone's throat, and more. Language is fairly frequent, with a use of "f--k," plus several uses of "s--t," "bitch," "ass," "retard," and more. Characters flirt and kiss, the top of a male character's buttocks is shown, and another character wears nothing but underpants for several scenes. Characters drink a bottle of whiskey and suffer hangovers. There's also some smoking, as well as a flashback to a drunk driving incident. Shia LaBeouf, Bruce Dern, and Dakota Johnson co-star.

  • Directed by Tyler Nilson, Michael Schwartz
  • 2019, USA
  • 97 minutes

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