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A feelgood adventure brought to life by outstanding performances, THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON finds rich modern resonance in classic American fiction.
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.
Winner of the SXSW Audience Award (Narrative Spotlight), THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON is the picaresque, picturesque debut feature from Tyler Nilson and Mike Schwarz. With gorgeous widescreen cinematography from True Detective’s Nigel Bluck, the film stars Shia LaBeouf opposite charismatic newcomer Zack Gottsagen, with an ensemble that includes Dakota Johnson, Bruce Dern, Jon Bernthal, John Hawkes and Thomas Haden Church. Together they create an amusing, contemporary folk odyssey that feels comfortably lived in and wonderfully natural.
Shia LaBeouf Shines in this funny, heartwarming adventure … [but] Gottsagen, an actor with Down syndrome, is a real find, and is the heart and soul of the entire film. – The Playlist
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. - LA Times
Gottsagen is a disarming performer who creates a sweet and funny character. - New York Times