Watch or Not: The Review of The Peanut Butter Falcon

Watch or Not: The Review of The Peanut Butter Falcon

- Written and Review by Trevor Jones

Watch or Not: The Review of The Peanut Butter Falcon

The Peanut Butter Falcon is a story about individuals coming together out of brokenness and finding what it means to be a family.

This PG-13 Adventure/Drama starring Shia LaBeouf, Dakota Johnson, and (my personal favorite) Zack Gottsagen, first presents us with a young man, Zak (Gottsagen). 22 years old with down syndrome, he aspires to be a pro wrestler. So much in fact, that he runs away from the nursing home he lives in, having been abandoned by his family in North Carolina.
Eleanor (Dakota) is Zak’s assigned nurse, who after caring for him over an extended period of time is burdened with his escape, and is inevitably sent to find him.


In the midst of this, we meet Tyler (Shia), who is struggling with tragedy from his past and the cards life has handed him, turning him to make terrible decisions, which then forces him to set out for a new life.
Zak meets Tyler and over the course of time wonderful friendship blossoms that would make anyone’s heart warm. That being said, we should all remember Zak’s “rule #1,” over Tyler’s.

Directed by Tyler Nilson and Mike Schwartz, this independently-made film is definitely an original. On my initial viewing, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I never saw a single ad for the movie, and only heard of it by word of mouth.

That being said, all I heard was: “It was really good.”

I would have to agree, as I never found myself bored. Even being classified as Adventure/Drama, I couldn’t hold back the handful of laughable moments, brought-about by the characters. Each characters personal story was believable, no matter how bleak each character’s life seemed to be; and not having personally experienced anything they’ve gone through, I felt like I understood each characters emotional state. Throughout every trial and victory they experienced, I found myself hoping and celebrating with them.

Watch or Not: The Review of The Peanut Butter Falcon

This movie would’ve been a buy for me, and yes your double-take was not in vain.
I said, “would’ve.” As enjoyable as the characters and story were, I could not get passed the amount of cursing you will face, as the movie constantly steamrolls you without a shadow of regret. You get the sense they might’ve had to remove swearing to make it PG-13. So, should you take your kids to this “family” movie? In my humble opinion, no. I’m fairly certain there weren’t but a few scenes without a curse word and the few F-Bombs that were there are loud and clear.

In the end, I enjoyed this movie for its story, character development, and heartwarming sentiment. However, I couldn’t say I would buy the movie without first consulting VidAngel for the language.

- Written and Review by Trevor Jones


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