Movie Review: The Peanut Butter Falcon


The new movie “The Peanut Butter Falcon” is a low budget art movie, that is about as different than any movie I have seen in many years. The main character Zak is played by a real actor with Down Syndrome, Zack Gottsagen – who despite his limitations does a very good and believable job with this role. The story is very simple, “with the help of Zak’s roommate, played by Bruce Dern (in yet another low budget movie role), Zak escapes from his nursing him – with the hopes of becoming a professional wrestler by attending a school for wrestlers somewhere on the coast of North Carolina”. Assigned to find Zak, is Eleanor, his caretaker played very well by Dakota Johnson, who has recovered very well from her 3 bad roles in the ridiculous “Fifty Shades” franchise. They both run into a fisherman named Tyler played by Shia LeBeouf, who is in some trouble and then most of this film involves the 3 of them trying to find this wrestling school because of Tyler’s promise to Zak.
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I thought this movie was good, mainly because of its simple story and acting, but not as great as the critics are rating it on Rotten Tomatoes at 95%. My rating would be a solid 80% with a moderate recommendation.
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